By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 117, NUGGETS 90 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
After three straight losses, the Knicks made sure to continue a different streak in tonight's win against Denver at Madison Square Garden. For the second consecutive game, they stifled one of the league's more explosive offenses, only this time, they came out ahead.
After limiting the Portland Trail Blazers to 94 points but struggling with its own offense, New York had no such trouble putting away the Nuggets in this one.
The Knicks shot 55 percent from the field, with five players finishing in double figures. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 31 points on 21 shots, as New York erased a 26-20 1st quarter deficit by outscoring Denver, 63-42, over the next two quarters.
Amar'e Stoudemire (17 points, eight rebounds), Tyson Chandler (12 points, eight rebounds), J.R. Smith (13 points), Jeremy Tyler (12 points, 11 rebounds), and Tim Hardaway Jr. (10 points) were the four others to notch double figures.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony set the tone, attacking Denver's defense and opening things up for his teammates. By the start of the 4th quarter, the outcome had already been decided and the Knicks' All-Star could rest.
The Knicks head to Oklahoma City tomorrow for a nationally-televised Sunday matinee against the Thunder.