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12/25/2011 11:50 am ET

Knicks vs. Celtics Live Updates: New York, Boston Kick Off NBA Opening Day

The day has finally come. The 2011-12 NBA season kicks off today after a long work stoppage and a drama-filled shortened offseason. Christmas day features five fantastic games, including a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. But first, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks take on Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics to start the day.

Carmelo starts his first full season (well, kind of) with the Knicks, who signed star center Tyson Chandler and veteran point guard Baron Davis earlier in December. Boston, however, didn't do much after the lockout ended and were hit with the sad news that Jeff Green will require heart surgery and miss the entire season.

The road to the NBA title starts today!

Stay tuned here for live updates throughout the game and tweet to @HuffPostSports to join in the conversation. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!

12/25/2011 2:52 PM EST

Last Shot

KG misses a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and the KNICKS BEAT THE CELTICS 106-104.

12/25/2011 2:51 PM EST

Foul To Give

Knicks foul KG right away. 3.9 Seconds.

12/25/2011 2:50 PM EST

Another TO

Knicks call their final timeout.

12/25/2011 2:48 PM EST

Miss

Marquis Daniels misses a 3-pointer but Rondo gets the offensive rebound and calls a timeout with 4.4 left.

12/25/2011 2:48 PM EST

16.3 Seconds Left

Boston has a timeout left.

12/25/2011 2:47 PM EST

Knicks Take The Lead

Melo hits both free throws to give the Knicks a 106-104 lead. Timeout Boston.

12/25/2011 2:46 PM EST

FOUL

After the Celtics turnover, Melo gets the ball on the left side and draws a foul on Daniels. 2 free throws coming.

12/25/2011 2:45 PM EST

Turnover

After a Knicks timeout. Melo turns the ball over with 45 seconds left.

12/25/2011 2:42 PM EST

Melo Dominating

After an Allen missed 3 pointer, Melo makes a running jumper in the middle of the lane to give the Knicks the lead. But Daniels gets inside and makes a tough layup to tie the game.

12/25/2011 2:40 PM EST

Timeout

Boston calls timeout after the ball goes off Melo and out of bounds. Boston ball with 1:51 left.

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