Notebook: Tempers flare after buzzer

May, 2, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Boston Celtics reserve guard Jordan Crawford instigated a postgame flare-up by jawing at New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony after Boston's Game 5 triumph over New York on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Crawford could be seen shouting at Anthony as the two teams crossed paths on their way off the floor following Boston's 92-86 win in an Eastern Conference first-round series. Celtics reserve D.J. White initially stepped in to move Crawford along, but tempers flared when Raymond Felton approached in defense of his teammate. Players, coaches and security from both sides stepped in to defuse the situation.

For his part, Anthony said, "I'm not thinking about no Jordan Crawford. Not at this point in time, I'll tell you that. I don't think he deserves for you to be typing [his name] right now."

Anthony had a much-publicized postgame run-in with Kevin Garnett during a regular-season game here in January. Crawford could have stoked that fire with his postgame comments.

Neither Crawford nor White cared to elaborate on the matter, but Terrence Williams, who tried to play peacemaker by bearhugging an angered Felton, downplayed the situation.

"If you watch the replay, I was just the guy to try to separate the teams, I don't know what happened," Williams said. "I was talking to [assistant coach Ty Lue], then I just turned around to see guys pushing and I don't know. I don't know how that started. The good thing is no punches and all that. And we'll see them on Friday."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he didn't see what happened, but wasn't thrilled with it, either (though it did afford him the chance to playfully jab former Knicks teammate -- and occasional pugilist -- John Starks).

"I wasn't happy with it," Rivers said. "[Knicks coach Mike Woodson] wasn't happy with it. Let's play basketball. Let's play real physical basketball and let's walk off the floor. I don't know what happened. I'm glad Starks wasn't there."

DON'T BURY THEM YET

For the second straight game, many Knicks players showed up wearing black suits with the goal of dressing in funeral attire as suggested by veteran center Kenyon Martin. And for the second straight game, Boston spoiled the plans for burial.

"Well, you're only buried if the casket is closed, so to speak," Celtics sixth-man Jason Terry said. "But us getting that win opened the door just a little bit. Winning tonight opened it a little bit more. And if we can even this thing up, then it's anybody's series. We've just got to come out, every possession, every quarter and really try to win. And that's been our focus. Since we went down 3-0, we talk about, 'Can we win every quarter?' If you win every quarter, you win the game. And so that's been our focus."

Maybe J.R. Smith summed it up best for New York: "We were going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried."

LOOSE BALLS: KG's REBOUNDS, EARLY GAME 6

• After grabbing 17 rebounds in Games 3 and 4, Kevin Garnett grabbed a team-high 18 boards in Wednesday's Game 5 win. His secret? "I have no idea," he said. Fortunately, teammate Paul Pierce was willing to take a shot: "That's what Kevin does. He's a legend in this game. He's one of the greatest players to ever play the game. And you're seeing when the great ones get challenged, what they're able to do. That's what you're seeing in Kevin Garnett."

• With three other playoff games scheduled for Friday night, the Celtics and Knicks will draw an early start with tipoff for Game 6 scheduled now for 7 p.m. at TD Garden.

• Celtics guard Avery Bradley on forcing the series back to Boston: "The crowd is going to be amazing. I already know it. Real emotional. I can't wait. We can't wait. We can't wait to go back home and play and take it to Game 7."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9