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Anthony guides Knicks in drubbing of Nuggets

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony got the New York Knicks back on track with a 31-point effort that carried his team to a 117-90 rout of the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden.

Five other New York players scored in double figures, and the Knicks erupted for 67 second-half points to break open a close contest and halt a three-game skid.

New York also got plenty of help from its bench, with Amar'e Stoudemire racking up 17 points and eight rebounds in just 20 minutes, Jeremy Tyler posting 12 points and 11 rebounds and sixth man J.R. Smith contributing 13 points.

The Knicks' reserves totaled 60 points overall, compared to just 21 from Denver's subs.

"It was a total team effort today," Anthony said. "Everybody played their part, offensively and defensively."

Ty Lawson totaled 24 points and seven assists in the loss, which snapped the Nuggets' two-game win streak, while former Knick Wilson Chandler tallied 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Knicks actually trailed by double digits late in the first quarter after Denver put together a 12-0 run to take a 24-14 lead. New York slowly chipped away at the deficit, however, before closing out the opening half on a pivotal 13-2 surge.

Anthony led the charge by netting seven points, the last three coming on a long-range jumper that snapped a 44-44 tie with 1:35 left. A Raymond Felton layup followed by 1-of-2 free throws from Smith enabled the Knicks to take a six-point advantage into the break.

New York then hit five of its initial six shots during a 12-4 burst to begin the second half, with Anthony capping the sequence with a trey that put the hosts ahead 62-48 under five minutes into the period.

"They got the lead and after that it was curtains," Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried remarked.

The Knicks stayed in front by double digits the rest of the way, taking an 83-68 lead into the fourth quarter and putting the game out of reach behind eight straight points from Smith midway through the final session. His back- to-back 3-pointers to end the run staked New York to a commanding 102-77 cushion with seven minutes to go.

Game Notes

The Knicks have now won each of their last five games when eclipsing the 100- point mark, having recorded 98 or less all throughout their recent three-game slide ... Denver lost for the fourth time in its last five visits to MSG ... The teams combined for 48 turnovers (24 each) that were converted into 52 points ... New York went 11-of-28 from 3-point range, led by Anthony's 4-of-9 showing from that distance.

02/07 23:43:07 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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