The Boston Celtics are the first franchise in the 2011 NBA Playoffs to advance to the second round.
Sunday afternoon from the Big Apple in New York, Kevin Garnett scored 26 points as the Celtics defeated the Knicks 101-89.
It was an outstanding team effort for Boston, as Rajon Rondo (21 points), Ray Allen (14 points), Glen Davis (14 points) and Paul Pierce (13 points) also got into double digits.
I think the loss of Chauncey Billups due to a left knee strain was extremely significant for the Knicks. It left the Knicks without stability at the crucial point guard position. Toney Douglas displayed respectability at times, but not the consistency that was required throughout a four game series that was necessary to pull off a stunning upset.
Earlier in the day, the Philadelphia 76ers stayed alive against the Miami Heat with a 86-82 win. Miami still leads the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal 3-1. The winner of the Miami-Philadelphia series will play Boston in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.