By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
PELICANS, KNICKS | SMOOTHIE KING CENTER
How it Happened:
The Knicks nearly pulled out a victory last night in Memphis, despite trailing by 13 at halftime. Tonight, in the same place where Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 66 points in two games over All-Star Weekend, New York put together a complete effort and came away with the victory.
Anthony led the way with 42 points, none bigger than the three consecutive buckets to close out the game. The Knicks built a lead heading into the 4th quarter, but as the Pelicans made their run, they came up with key stops down the stretch. Thirteen of Melo's points came in the final quarter.
Hardaway also picked up where he left off in the Rising Stars Challenge, teaming with J.R. Smith for a lethal bench punch of 35 points on 6-of-10 from three-point land.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony put the team on his back tonight, coming up clutch when his teammates needed him most. After speaking of the urgency of the games on this road trip, he delivered the leadership necessary to get a win against a formidable Western Conference foe.
After one day off, the Knicks face the Magic in Orlando on Friday to start a back-to-back with atlanta the next night.