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New Orleans at New York

Knicks top Hornets to snap season-high 3-game skid

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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony was hungry, and not just to end the Knicks' losing streak.

He wanted something to eat.

Anthony, struggling to keep his energy up while fasting for two weeks, snapped out of a slow start by scoring 18 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and New York ended its season-high, three-game skid with a 100-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday.

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Anthony missed seven of eight shots and scored two points in the first quarter of the noon start he dislikes, then outscored the Hornets by himself in the second period as the Knicks took the lead for good.

"I'm kind of going through something right now with my own self, trying to find some energy and things like that. But we'll be fine," Anthony said. "We bounced back pretty well, I bounced back pretty well, stuck with it and won the game."

Anthony has scored 20 or more in a career-best 24 straight games, but it's been a struggle for him lately.

The All-Star forward said he hadn't had any meats or carbs in 15 days, and that his body just felt "depleted out there." Perhaps that explains his 6-for-26 shooting night in a loss to Boston on Monday, or the consecutive 1-for-8 first quarters in the last two games.

"I usually do it sometimes just to get some clarity in my life and just spiritual reasons. I'm done now. I can't do it no more. I surrender," Anthony said, saying he was headed out to look for a steak after the game.

Chris Copeland added 22 points for the Knicks, who had seen their Atlantic Division lead trimmed to two games by Brooklyn while losing five of their previous seven games. Battling injuries, they play only once in the next week, facing the Pistons on Thursday in London.

"Obviously losing the last three before this made it a must-win," forward Steve Novak said. "We can't drop another one at home, especially going into a week where we're going to have a trip. It would have made it a much longer week if we hadn't. This was a game where we had to come out and play better than we have."

Eric Gordon scored 22 points as the Hornets had their four-game winning streak snapped. Coach Monty Williams said the Hornets didn't bring the competitive edge they'd had lately.

"You look at how many open looks they got from the [3-point line], recognizing that Novak can shoot the ball, those kind of things are correctable, but it's tough to watch it," Williams said. "It's OK to lose in the NBA because it's part of it, but when you lose because you didn't compete for 48 minutes, it's tough to swallow."

Copeland got his fourth career start so the Knicks could put Anthony back at the power forward spot, where he had great success earlier this season. The move worked out for both of them, with Copeland going 9 of 15 and carrying the offense early while Anthony struggled.

Anthony was on the bench when the Knicks put it away, opening the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run that featured two 3-pointers from Novak and five points from Copeland and turned a five-point lead into an 84-68 advantage.

No. 1 pick Anthony Davis had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets, but point guard Greivis Vasquez was limited to 11 points and six assists after recording three straight double-doubles.

The Hornets missed 19 of their 23 3-point attempts.

New Orleans was up 29-22 after one thanks to a gift from J.R. Smith, who fouled Brian Roberts beyond halfcourt with 0.5 seconds remaining. Officials reviewed the play and determined it was a shooting foul, and Roberts made all three.

Anthony had only more one basket in the first seven-plus minutes of the second quarter, then suddenly showed why he is one of the NBA's most dynamic scorers.

He made a jumper while being fouled by Davis, the three-point play capping an 8-0 run that gave the Knicks a 36-34 lead with 4:34 remaining. After a jumper by Gordon, Anthony made two free throws and converted another three-play play, giving him eight points in about 70 seconds and making it 41-36.

He finished the quarter in style, with a jumper and 3-pointer that made it a seven-point game, and a free throw closed the scoring for the half and gave the Knicks a 49-41 lead. Anthony was 6 of 9 in the period, outscoring the Hornets 18-12.

"Carmelo got into a big flow that second quarter. When he's flowing, that's when their whole team is flowing in all aspects," Gordon said. "They just had a big quarter and kept having big strides after that. We didn't play so well, either. We had too many lapses on offense and defense."

The Knicks led by 11 in the third quarter but couldn't put it away, the Hornets pulling within 71-66.

Notes

  • Amar'e Stoudemire scored 12 points after the Knicks' medical staff told coach Mike Woodson he could increase the forward's minutes to about 25-30 per game. Stoudemire had been limited to a little more than 20 per night as he returned from left knee surgery. He played 23 while battling foul trouble.
  • Woodson said Iman Shumpert , nearing his return from major knee surgery, will make the trip to London. On Friday, Woodson left open the possibility that Shumpert could remain behind and work with the Knicks' NBA Development League team, but said doctors cleared Shumpert to go after testing his knee.
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Cleared by team doctors to play more minutes, Amar'e Stoudemire stays in 23 minutes and hits for 12 points. (US Presswire)
Cleared by team doctors to play more minutes, Amar'e Stoudemire stays in 23 minutes and hits for 12 points. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
New Orleans (11-26)2912252187
New York (24-13) «22272229100
NO:E. Gordon 22 Pts
NO:A. Aminu 11 Reb
NO:G. Vasquez 6 Ast
NY:C. Anthony 27 Pts
NY:T. Chandler 14 Reb
NY:J. Kidd 8 Ast
Players of the Game
New OrleansNew York

Eric Gordon

Carmelo Anthony
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22322773
New Orleans
G. Vasquez, PG364-103-456311
A. Davis, PF336-131-382313
E. Gordon, SG297-147-932322
R. Lopez, C295-140-052310
A. Aminu, SF261-10-011032
R. Mason Jr., SG223-71-12129
R. Anderson, PF213-120-05017
L. Thomas, SF130-00-03120
B. Roberts, PG111-45-53017
X. Henry, SG93-40-00016
J. Smith, PF70-30-02010
A. Rivers, SG40-00-00000
D. Sloan, PGDid Not Play
D. Miller, SFDid Not Play
Totals 33-8217-2247142387
 40.2%77.3% 
New York
C. Anthony, SF409-257-873227
C. Copeland, SF309-150-040222
T. Chandler, C271-33-614215
J. Kidd, PG232-40-04825
J. White, SG101-20-02002
P. Prigioni, PG293-41-24548
J. Smith, SG273-112-34638
A. Stoudemire, PF233-66-630512
S. Novak, SF173-80-01029
R. Brewer, SG141-30-02002
M. Camby, CDid Not Play
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
R. Wallace, PFDid Not Play
R. Felton, PGDid Not Play
I. Shumpert, PGDid Not Play
Totals 35-8119-25452421100
 43.2%76.0% 
Other Games
Mil 107 Final
Tor 96
Ind 86 Final
Brook 97
Min 88 Final
SA 106
GS 105 Final
Den 116
OKC 87 Final
Port 83
Cle 93 Final
LAL 113