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Allen’s late 3 gives Celtics 1-0 lead over Knicks

With 11 seconds left and the Knicks leading, 85-84, Ray Allen came off a screen set by Kevin Garnett. Toney Douglas fell and Ronny Turiaf was late in helping, leaving Allen wide open for a left-corner 3-pointer that hit nothing but net, and gave the Celtics a two point lead. Carmelo Anthony had one last chance to win the game, but his 25-foot 3-pointer missed as time expired, giving the Celtics a 87-85 win, and a 1-0 lead in the series.

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Can Carmelo carry Knicks past Celtics?

The New York Knicks are relevant again, making the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2004. Amar’e Stoudemire helped put them back on the map by signing with them in the offseason and then Syracuse’s own, Carmelo Anthony, solidified that claim after being traded from Denver in February.

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Knicks return to playoffs with win over Cavaliers

The former Syracuse star had 25 points as the Knicks defeated Cleveland, 123-107, for the first time this season, snapping a franchise 11-game losing streak to the Cavaliers. The win, combined with a Charlotte loss means New York cemented a postseason bid for the first time since 2004.

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Catching up: Syracuse players in the NBA

Recently, when the Minnesota Timberwolves went to Denver to play the Nuggets, not only did we get three of those players in the same place, we got the last three top-10 draft picks out of the ‘Cuse: Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson for the ‘Wolves, and Carmelo Anthony for the Nuggets. Truly, this was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some old friends in the pros.