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Knicks top Celtics to end skid at 10, but Iman Shumpert dislocates shoulder

New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert is helped off

New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert is helped off the court after being injured against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of an NBA game in Boston Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Credit: AP / Winslow Townson

BOSTON - The Knicks couldn't even fully enjoy ending their 10-game losing streak Friday night.

Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup and scored 22 points as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 101-95, at TD Garden for their first victory since Nov. 22. But Iman Shumpert suffered a dislocated left shoulder late in the first half.

The Knicks (5-20) did not immediately announce how long their starting shooting guard will be out. He is expected to have an MRI Saturday. "It was emotional for the guys to lose another player," coach Derek Fisher said.

After Shumpert collided with Boston's Jeff Green (28 points) with 2:40 left in the first half, he screamed in pain while grabbing his left shoulder and falling to the court. He had to be helped up and walked into the locker room in obvious discomfort with a towel draped over the shoulder.

Shumpert was called for a foul on the play, adding to a tough stretch for him. About a minute earlier, he missed an open righthanded dunk attempt. He was fouled but missed both free throws.

Shumpert, whose left arm was in a sling after trainer Roger Hinds popped the shoulder back in, said he isn't sure how long he will be out. "I don't know," he said. "I'm just happy we won. If I've got to separate my shoulder or dislocate my shoulder to get wins, I'll dislocate it every game."

The Knicks already were without J.R. Smith, who sat for the second straight game with a sore left heel. Smith, who said the injury is a bone bruise and is improving, said he will get an MRI Saturday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (16 points) started the second half in place of Shumpert. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 20 and Jason Smith added 12 off the bench.

At the morning shootaround, Fisher termed Anthony doubtful for the game because of a sore left knee. But Anthony, who missed Wednesday night's game in San Antonio, deemed himself fit to play a couple of hours before the opening tip.

Anthony started well, shooting 4-for-6 and scoring eight points while playing the entire first quarter. The Knicks led 75-69 heading into the fourth quarter, and the lead swelled to 90-75 with 5:44 left before a late charge by the Celtics (7-14).

The usually calm Fisher picked up a technical foul at the end of the third quarter, believing the Knicks were getting fouled and that calls were not being made.

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