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The Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire clebrates after hitting a

The Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire clebrates after hitting a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in Game 1. (April 17, 2011) Credit: AP

The Knicks’ first postseason game in seven years was a hit with New York-area viewers, averaging 8.86 percent of homes on three channels – TNT, MSG and MSG Plus.

TNT’s telecast secured a 5.38 rating, with MSG averaging 3.29 and MSG Plus (which simulcast the MSG coverage) adding 0.19. There are about 7.5 million homes in the New York TV market.

(MSG’s top regular-season rating was 6.75 for Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks debut in February, its best such figure since 1995.)

In the first playoff round, games on TNT or ESPN also are carried by a local channel.

TNT’s play-by-play man for Game 1 was Marv Albert. MSG’s was his son, Kenny, working the first NBA playoff game of his career. Mike Breen will work Game 2 for MSG.

Nationally the Knicks and Celtics averaged 3.6 percent of homes and six million viewers on TNT, part of the network’s top-rated playoff opening day in its 27 seasons carrying the NBA.

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