Rondo and Melo collide, leaving Carmelo with a bloodied eye.

words // Nick Engvall

The Celtics have owned the Knicks for the last few years, but with new faces now making the Big Apple home, the Knicks are prepared to buck that trend. Unfortunately, Monday wasn’t the night for them to do it.

Newcomers Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony led the way with Melo dropping in 22 points and Billups with 21, but the Knicks offense never meshed down the stretch. Though the battle was hard fought, elbows to the face of Melo and Ray Allen left scars and stitches to prove it, the Knicks gave up a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter behind 24 points from Kevin Garnett and 21 from Paul Pierce.

With the win, the Celtics move to 50-19 with the Chicago Bulls, who demolished the Sacramento Kings 132-92. The Bulls were led by Derrick Rose with 18 points and eight assists, and had an unbelievable eight players score in double figures.

Check out the latest Sneaker Watch coverage below with photos courtesy of ESPN/Yahoo.

 

Sneaker Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Rajon Rondo in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse PE.Rajon Rondo in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse PE.

Ray Allen after returning to the game after 7 stitches above his eye, wearing the Jordan Evolution 85.wearing Ray Allen after returning to the game after seven stitches above his eye, wearing the Jordan Evolution ’85.

Carmelo Anthony in a black and white version of the Jordan Melo M7.Carmelo Anthony in a black and white version of the Jordan Melo M7.

Gilbert Arenas returned to action in the Under Armour Micro G Blur.Gilbert Arenas returned to action in the Under Armour Micro G Blur.

Dwight Howard doing what he does in the adidas Superbeast.Dwight Howard doing what he does in the adidas Superbeast.

Derrick Rose cuts through the defense in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5.Derrick Rose cuts through the defense in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5.

Chris Anderson the Birdman, grounded in the Converse Star Player EVO.Chris Anderson the Birdman, grounded in the Converse Star Player EVO.

Marcus Thornton squares up the defense in the Nike Air Max Penny.Marcus Thornton squares up the defense in the Nike Air Max Penny.

Steph Curry about to get hacked wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Steph Curry about to get hacked wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010 PE.