Knicks beat Magic 113-106 in overtime to snap 6-game skid

15:15, March 29, 2011      

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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) cuts between New York Knicks guard Landry Fields (L), forward Shawne Williams (2nd L), forward Amar'e Stoudemire and forward Carmelo Anthony (R) to try a layup in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York March 28, 2011.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Carmelo Anthony played his best since arriving in New York to score 39 points, steering Knicks to a 113-106 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night and ending a six-game losing streak.

Anthony made 12 of 26 shots and 13 of 17 free throws as the Knicks improved to 36-38 and 8-12 since the Melo trade. Amare Stoudemire scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, while Chauncey Billups added 17 and Toney Douglas chipped in 16.

Orlando, which was playing without injured point guard Jameer Nelson, had Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu foul out in overtime. Meanwhile, Anthony and Stoudemire combined for six fouls in 84 minutes of playing time.

The Knicks, who suffered from free-falling and desperately needed a win, finally won for just the second time in 11 games and inched closer to their first playoff berth since 2004.

Howard rebounded from a quiet first half to finish with 29 points and 18 rebounds, but Orlando didn't score after he picked up his sixth foul. Jason Richardson added 24 for Orlando.

Gilbert Arenas started at point guard for the Magic in the place of Nelson, who is out with a sprained right knee.

"Finally got a win," former Knick Quentin Richardson screamed to the crowd. "It was gift wrapped." Both Richardson and Turkoglu walked off the crowd clapping to the crowd in a mocking fashion.

Howard made just 9 of 17 shots against the four-headed center combination of Shawne Williams, Jared Jeffries, Shelden Williams and Stoudemire.

The Knicks trailed 104-103 in overtime before Billups hit a three and set up Anthony for a dunk. The game changed with 1:17 to go in overtime when Howard was called for a phantom sixth foul that had the Magic center and his teammates so upset that Howard was called for a technical foul.

On the ensuing possession, Richardson stole the ball from Anthony and with both players on the ground, Anthony prevented Richardson from getting up and then Richardson tripped Anthony.

The first offense was missed but Richardson was called for an offensive foul, which ruled out a 3-pointer from Turkoglu and gave the Knicks much-needed break.

Source: Xinhua


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