On January 24, the Knicks traveled to Boston to face the Celtics for the first time since the Carmelo Anthony incident with Kevin Garnett. Anthony and the Knicks struggled to shoot early. The Celtics weren't any better. The game stayed sloppy and close throughout the first quarter. Boston took a comfortable lead in the middle of the second quarter, but the Knicks managed to come back and take a slight half time lead.
Rajon Rondo posted a triple double, but didn't have a whole lot of help. Paul Pierce added 22 points, but shot poorly. Anthony recovered from his poor first half performance and took over the game He ended 28 points. Amar'e Stoudemire added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Jason Kidd and Iman Shumpert both scored in double figures. J.R. Smith was ice cold and Steve Novak hardly played.
Marv Albert accused the Celtics organization of pumping in crowd noise to bolster an otherwise indifferent crowd. The fake crowd noise may have propelled the Celtics back from a ten point fourth quarter deficit to threaten late. But they came up short as Pierce turned the ball over with the clock winding down.
The Knicks won 89-96 to advance to 26-14.