Carmelo Anthony finished with 31 points to help the New York Knicks cruise past the Denver Nuggets, 117-90. The Knicks had a strong shooting performance from the field in this one, going 48-85 (56.5%). New York (20-30) entered the game on a three losing streak.
Anthony shot 12-21 from the field (4-9 on 3-point attempts) in an efficient offensive performance. Other key performers for New York were Amare Stoudemire with 17 points and 8 rebounds, Tyson Chandler with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Jeremy Tyler with 12 points and 11 rebounds. On 9-17 shooting, Ty Lawson put up 24 points for Denver in the loss. He also added 7 assists. Wilson Chandler chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds and Randy Foye finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The Knicks recorded a sizzling eFG% of 62.9% and, on the season, are undefeated (5-0) when exceeding 60% in that statistic. Conversely, Denver is winless (0-2) when opponents scorch the nets at that clip.
This drops Denver (24-24) to 1-1 versus New York on the season.
Coming up, the Knicks battle the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 40-12 on the season. The Nuggets meet the Detroit Pistons, currently sitting at 20-29 this year. The Knicks have a 0-1 record against Oklahoma City this season.