Carmelo Anthony inspired the New York Knicks to an 18 8 fourth quarter which saw off the Boston Celtics 85 78 at Madison Square Garden in the first game of their NBA Eastern Conference play off series.
A 37 22 final quarter was the icing on the cake for the Los Angeles Clippers, who sunk the Memphis Grizzlies 112 91 at Staples Center.
Seven Clippers players scored in double figures as Los Angeles doused the Grizzlies' hopes of getting off to a fast start in their bid to avenge a seven game, Western Conference first round loss to LA last year. Adidas Campus Primeknit Shop
Andre Miller's basket with just over a second left enabled the Denver Nuggets to edge the Golden State Warriors 97 95 at Pepsi Center in their opener the 37 year old scored 18 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Anthony scored 17 of his game high 36 points in the second half, including a critical steal and lay up with two and a half minutes remaining.