It probably wouldn’t have taken another superstar performance by Carmelo Anthony to beat the Nets. But he gave them one anyway.
The Knicks (33-29) beat their cross-river rivals, 104-95, in what will be the last game the two ever play before they share the same city.
Anthony finished with 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including 6-of-6 from the line and 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
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The Knicks — and Anthony specifically — jumped on New Jersey early. Anthony scored 21 points in the first quarter as the Knicks took a 38-22 lead.
It would never be much of a game after that. The Knicks led 64-47 at the half.
Philadelphia (32-30) won last night as well, however, so the Knicks’ remain in the No. 7 seed.
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