Anthony scores 40 as Knicks down Hawks for 10th straight win

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Updated: April 4, 2013

After matching his career-high with 50 points
on Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony poured in 40 points to lead the New York Knicks to
a 95-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Anthony was 17-for-27 from the field, and has gone a combined 35-for-53 over
his last two games.

“As long as I just take my time and take advantage of what they gave
me I can score,” Anthony said. “(If) they are going to play me one-on-one I’ll
take advantage of that. If they double, we get shots. I just have to stay
focused.”

J.R. Smith added 19 points and Raymond Felton finished with 14 points for the
Knicks, who have won 10 straight. With the win, New York leads the Indiana
Pacers by one-half game for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Kyle Korver poured in 25 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range and
Jeff Teague added 15 points and nine assists for the Hawks, who lead the
Chicago Bulls by one-half game for the fifth spot in the East.

“We played a very hot basketball team. Carmelo is playing at a very high level
right now. He’s shooting the ball extremely well,” Hawks coach Larry Drew
said. “I thought there were times that we did defend him well, but he still
made shots.”

Anthony was hot from the get-go, knocking down five of his first eight shots
to help the Knicks build 23-18 lead after the first 12 minutes. He finished
with 13 points for the quarter.

Anthony added 11 more in the second, going 4-for-5 from the field. New York
shot 50 percent from the floor as a team in the quarter and led 47-40 at the
break.

Atlanta managed to take its first lead since the first quarter with just over
four minutes to go in the third following a Teague layup and the teams went
into the final frame knotted up at 68-68.

The Knicks clamped down defensively in the final quarter, forcing seven
turnovers over the final 12 minutes which led to 12 points. Anthony scored
just four points in the quarter, but Felton and Smith finished with 10 apiece.

The Hawks were held to just 14 points in the final stanza.

Game Notes

The Knicks will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday … New York scored 22
points off 16 Atlanta turnovers … The Knicks shot 51.9 percent (40-for-77)
from the field … Josh Smith finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for
the Hawks.