April 18, 2012
Anthony leads Knicks in last visit to New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J.â€”Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets 104-95 on Wednesday night in their last trip to New Jersey.
Continuing his torrid stretch without
The Nets once hoped to have Anthony in the lineup when they got there and he is showing why lately, surpassing 30 points for the third straight game and the sixth time in nine games this month. He shot 11 of 21, going 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and finished slightly ahead of the NBA-best 32.1 points he was averaging in April.
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TURNING POINT: New Jersey cut what was once a 21-point New York lead to just five on a Sundiata Gaines 3-pointer late in the third quarter, but the Knicks responded with a mini 5-0 spurt, capped off by a Steve Novak 3-pointer. Then, with less than eight minutes left in the fourth, Novak dialed up from long distance yet again, extending the Knicks' lead to 91-78, enough to put New York in coast mode.
HOT/NOT: Kris Humphries came in averaging 17 points over two games against the Knicks this season. The third time was no charm. Before hitting a baseline jumper at the halftime buzzer, Humphries was 1-for-8 with a pair of turnovers. He battled his way to 15 rebounds, but on a night when the Nets needed his scoring punch, Hump shot just 2-for-11, turned the ball over four times in all and scored only eight points.
For more, read Abe Schwadron's NBA.com notebook
NETS NOTES F Gerald Wallace returned from a four-game layoff due to injury and led the team with 21 points, also pulling down 5 rebounds...G Sundiata Gaines, starting in place of injured PG Deron Williams (sore right calf), put up 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists...Gerald Green posted 12 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME
|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
|28 1/2 MIN
18 PTS, 6 REB
6 AST, 2 TOs
7-13 FGs, 4-5 3Ps
|On thinking about his hamstring:
"Nah, I don't do too much thinking on the basketball court. It messes up my game. I can't do too much thinking â€“ if I think, then I might as well sit on the bench. I've just got to go out and play and let whatever happens happen."