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Knicks carry surge into Charlotte

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks needed overtime to extend their season-high winning streak to five games and hope it won't be as difficult when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night.

The Knicks won their first home game against a Western Conference opponent with Monday's 98-96 overtime triumph versus the Phoenix Suns. They had been 0-6 against the West at Madison Square Garden, where Carmelo Anthony registered 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the way.

Anthony, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, had 17 points and 10 boards in the first half and is second in the NBA with 26.2 points per game. He is averaging 27.5 ppg over his past four for the Knicks, who are 6-1 in the new year and received 19 points from Raymond Felton. Felton sank a big shot to give the Knicks a two-point lead late, but the Suns forced an extra session from the foul line.

New York scored six of the first seven points in overtime for a 98-93 advantage and played solid defense the rest of the way.

"We working, we taking it one day at a time," Anthony said afterward. "It's coming around for us. We gonna continue working and go from there."

The Knicks are scheduled to visit Indiana on Thursday and have won two straight and three of four road games. They are 8-10 away from MSG and riding the longest winning streak since a 13-game run from March 18 - April 9, 2013.

In injury news for the Knicks, center Tyson Chandler is still bothered by an upper respiratory illness and is questionable Tuesday. Chandler hasn't played since Jan. 5 and is averaging 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Charlotte has lost three in a row and eight of nine games, and is coming off Saturday's 103-97 loss at Chicago.

Gerald Henderson poured in a season-high 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Kemba Walker netted 29, making 10-of-20 from the field, for the Bobcats, who were outscored 33-27 in the decisive fourth quarter. Al Jefferson contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double in defeat.

Henderson, Jefferson and Walker each scored 20 points or more in a game for the second time this season. Henderson is averaging 18.7 ppg in his last nine.

The Bobcats' bench, though, scored just nine points.

"I didn't play the bench as much because that is when we've struggled," said Charlotte coach Steve Clifford.

Clifford hopes to get forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back versus the Knicks and the young talent has been sidelined since Dec. 3 because of a non- displaced fracture of his left hand. Kidd-Gilchrist was recently fitted for a glove to protect his hand and practiced again Monday.

"My hand is doing well. I'm just ready to play. It's been a month, so I can't wait until (Tuesday) against the Knicks," Kidd-Gilchrist told the Charlotte Observer Monday. "I'm out of rhythm a little bit, but that's usual. I want to be on the court and win some games."

MKG, who said he spent the majority of his rehab running, is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.

Charlotte and New York have split two meetings this season with each team holding ground as the visitor. The Knicks are 10-4 in the last 14 games in this series, but have dropped 10 of the 18 contests in Charlotte.

01/14 10:30:38 ET

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Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago86Final(OT) | Box
Charlotte «91
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington «118Final | Box
Boston102
Brooklyn85Final | Box
Cleveland «114
Dallas105Final(OT) | Box
Memphis «106
Philadelphia «100Final | Box
Miami87
Atlanta «111Final | Box
Milwaukee103
Utah «136Final(2nd OT) | Box
Minnesota130
Houston100Final | Box
New Orleans «105
Toronto92Final | Box
New York «95
Detroit111Final | Box
Oklahoma City «112
LA Lakers «113Final | Box
San Antonio100
Golden State «116Final | Box
Denver112
LA Clippers104Final | Box
Portland «110
Phoenix «104Final | Box
Sacramento99
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Standings

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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR