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Anthony exorcises playoff demon

Melo comes through in crucial Game 6, leading his Knicks to a series win at last

Updated: May 4, 2013, 2:04 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- As the fourth quarter crumbled around him, Carmelo Anthony understood the consequences of failure. He understood the Boston Celtics were threatening to destroy his standing in the game, to leave him as the postseason hoax many had made him out to be.

Anthony couldn't surrender a third consecutive closeout game, not in a way that would all but guarantee a fourth consecutive defeat on Sunday. When Boston was done ripping off 20 unanswered points Friday night, done stealing the ball ...

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