From the NFL, to Major League Baseball to the NBA; it has been clear as day that Boston and New York teams have never liked each other. That escalated last night in Madison Square Garden.
The Boston Celtics came into New York City last night to take on the New York Knicks in an Atlantic Division showdown between the two storied franchises. After the game, little would be spoke about the actual contest and more about the personal rivalry between Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.
Throughout the second half of the game, the two grew increasingly physical with one another in the post which led to a few scuffles and not so nice words exchanged between the two on the court. The normally easy going Anthony, who was having a rare off shooting night, began jawing back and forth with Garnett and things got testy by the fourth quarter.
The Celtics would take advantage of Melo getting taken out of the game mentally to pull away from the Knicks to win 102-96 in Madison Square Garden. However, it was after the game when things really got interesting when Anthony reportedly waited for the Celtics and mainly Garnett by his locker room after telling him he would see him after the game.
After Anthony waited at the locker room he waited on the team bus for Garnett as police and security guards surrounded the area to prevent anything from escalating as Knicks coach Mike Woodson appeared to be trying to calm Anthony down. “Listen, heat of the battle, man, guys throw back and forth,” Garnett said of the altercation with Anthony. “He’s trying to get his team to go; I’m trying to get my team to go. Both teams are colliding. Not to mention that it’s the Knicks and the Celtics. Just what it is.”
Anthony didn’t make himself available to the media after the game. Check out the videos of the on-court and off-court altercations after the jump.