The NBA Playoffs continued with four Sunday contests.
At New York:
Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, while Amare Stoudemire, back after losing a fight with a fire extinguisher, scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks The adverted what would have been a four-game sweep in their conference quarterfinal series by defeating the Miami Heat 89-87 at home to cut the Miami advantage to three games to one. The win ended the Knicks' league-record 13 game playoff losing streak, dating back to 2001. The Heat can still close out the series with a game-five win at home on Wednesday.
Jrue Holiday scored 22 points as Philadelphia 76ers took a three-games-to-one in their first-round series by defeating the visiting Chicago Bulls 89-82 The 76ers can finish off the the overall top-seeded Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points while Rajon Rondo added 20 (to go with his 16 assists) as the Boston Celtics roasted the visiting Atlanta Hawks 101-79 to take a three-games-to-one lead in their opening-round series. The Celtics can close out the series wth a win in Atlanta on Tuesday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and Andrew Bynum added 19 as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 on the road to take a three-games-to-one lead in their conference quarterfinal series, a series the Lakers can wrap up with a win back in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.