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NEW YORK -- Jamal Crawford scored 27 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers rebound from a rough loss by beating the New York Knicks 102-88 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Crawford's play added to his resume for NBA Sixth Man of the Year consideration.

Crawford, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, far outplayed J.R. Smith, the Knicks' candidate for the award, while Clippers point guard Chris Paul scored several key baskets down the stretch. Los Angeles also limited Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in the fourth quarter.

Paul scored 25 points and had seven assists for the Clippers, who are 3-4 on their eight-game road trip after dropping four of five, including a 22-point loss at the Miami Heat on Friday night. Blake Griffin added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe had 13 points for the Clippers (36-17).

Anthony scored 42 points to lead the Knicks, but only had four in the fourth quarter. Raymond Felton had 20 points and five assists for New York, after leaving with a scary neck injury late in the third quarter, but returning in the fourth.

Smith was held to just six points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field for New York (32-17), which lost for just the second time in the past eight games.

Up one entering the final quarter, Crawford and Bledsoe combined to score the Clippers' first 11 points of the fourth as they opened an 82-75 lead. L.A., which cooled Anthony off by keeping him without a point in the fourth quarter until there were less than 5 minutes left, opened a 90-78 lead with 4:58 left.

But the Knicks pulled back within 92-86 with 2:48 remaining thanks to four points each from Anthony and Felton. Paul, though, scored six points on the Clippers' next three possessions to get the lead back up to 97-86 with 1:40 left.

Down eight at halftime, the Knicks entered the fourth quarter trailing 71-70, thanks mostly to 18 points in the third from Anthony, including a 3-pointer to pull them within one in the final minute of the period.

After trailing by as much as 13 in the first half, the Knicks went on a 10-3 run early in the third quarter to tie the game 58-58. Anthony scored seven points during the stretch, including a 3-pointer to tie the game with 6:11 left in the quarter.

A few moments later, Anthony gave the Knicks their first lead since the opening minutes of the game, hitting another three for a 61-60 lead with 4:58 left in the period.

The teams traded baskets, but the Knicks lost Felton after he drove to the basket for a slick layup. Off-balanced as he came down, Felton was struck by the right arm of Amare Stoudemire, who was preparing for a rebound. Felton then fell backward into Lamar Odom, with his neck jerking awkwardly as he did so. Felton remained on the floor while play continued down the other end, with Paul hitting a shot to give L.A. a 65-63 lead with 3:26 left in the quarter.

Play was stopped and Felton remained on the ground for a few minutes before getting up and walking off to the locker room. He returned to start the fourth quarter, dishing to Stoudemire for a slam, plus the foul, to open the period with a 73-71 lead for the Knicks.

The Clippers entered halftime with a 52-44 lead, as Paul started to shake off his rust. The guard had struggled in his first game back after an extended absence Friday against Miami, but was 6 of 8 from the field, including three perfect 3-pointer attempts, for 16 points to lead L.A. before the break.

Los Angeles appeared set to bust the game open, up 32-19, but the Knicks went on an 8-2 run to close the gap.

Notes: Knicks coach Mike Woodson dismissed reports of the team considering trading guard Iman Shumpert as "just trade rumors" in his pregame press conference. Shumpert has struggled in his recent return from ACL surgery and a Yahoo! Sports report said the Phoenix Suns could send Jared Dudley to the Knicks as part of a deal for Shumpert. However, a team source told ESPN New York that the deal is "unlikely at this point." The ESPN report indicated the Knicks could consider dealing Shumpert though. "We've got a lot of faith in him," Woodson said. "... So we're going to continue to nurse him and bring him along slowly, and he'll be fine. When it counts, he'll be here, I think." ... The snowstorm that hit the Northeast on Friday backed up the Knicks, who stayed an extra night in Minnesota and traveled to New York on Saturday. The Clippers also remained in Miami on Friday night, but that was part of their original itinerary. ... Actor Tom Hanks, who makes his Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy" next month, attended the game and received a loud ovation when shown on the scoreboard's video screen.
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