Knicks Snap Skid, Swarm Hornets 100-87

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
Carmelo Anthony caught fire in the second quarter and propelled the Knicks to a 100-87 victory over the Hornets at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. Anthony finished with a game-high 27 points to lift New York to a 23-13 overall record and effectively snapped a three-game slide.

Once again, New York suffered from a slow start, trailing by seven points in the first frame and 31-28 before Anthony found his shooting touch. Anthony was only 1-of-10 from the floor at that point in the second period but the MVP candidate nailed his next 6-of-7 attempts and scored 18 of his 20 points in the quarter.

Behind Anthony’s spirited play, New York posted a 15-7 run over six minutes in the second period to capture a 43-38 advantage. The Knicks also clamped down on the defensive end of the floor by holding New Orleans to only 12 points after it registered 29 in the first quarter.

Head coach Mike Woodson adjusted his starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game and placed Chris Copeland at the small forward spot. This move allowed Anthony to shift back to power forward where he has been extremely successful this season. Copeland was solid in the first half, scoring 11 of his 22 points.

Entering the final stanza, the Knicks held a five-point lead and then stepped on the gas with a 13-2 run to open the quarter. Steve Novak scored all nine of his points in the fourth period to help the home team shut the door on the surging Hornets.

Tyson Chandler pounded the glass with 14 boards, Amar’e Stoudemire scored 12 points off the bench, and Pablo Prigioni played significant minutes, dishing out five assists. The Knicks forced 16 turnovers and only committed nine in the home win.

"We came back to the huddle, at the end of the quarter, looked up and knew 29 points was definitely too many points.  We held them to 12, 13 points and the game turned around from there." -- Carmelo Anthony

Knick of the Night:
Anthony quickly reversed his play and cold shooting to provide the offensive scoring punch for a team that had lost three straight games. At the 4-spot, Anthony snatched seven boards and connected on 7-of-8 free throws.

Statistically Speaking:
The Knicks suffocated the Hornets, only allowing 58 points after the team scored 29 in the first quarter. New Orleans struggled mightily from the arc, registering a frigid 4-of-23 in the matinee matchup.

Looking Ahead:
The Knicks return to MSG Training Center tomorrow afternoon for a practice session and will then make the trek across the pond to London. While in London, the squad will have a couple of days to practice before facing the Pistons on Thursday afternoon at 3 PM Eastern Time.

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