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Knicks 120, Wizards 99

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NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks ran their season-high winning streak to 13 games and clinched the Atlantic Division title by knocking off the Washington Wizards 120-99 Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

New York (51-26) captured the division crown for the first time since 1993-94.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with a game-high 36 points as the Knicks cruised to the win. Anthony, who added eight rebounds and six assists, became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2006-07 to notch at least 35 points in five consecutive games.

Anthony's scoring streak was about the only drama. The Knicks fell into a 2-0 deficit to start the game, but they never looked back after taking the lead for good just seconds later.

The Wizards (29-49) got 33 points from point guard John Wall, but it was his failure to get others involved that ultimately doomed the team. Wall finished with a team-high 19 attempts (the next highest was 12 by Cartier Martin off the bench), but he had only three assists to four turnovers.

The Knicks had a well-rounded effort, as six players reached double figures. Iman Shumpert had 18 points -- a boost considering he went scoreless in Sunday's win at Oklahoma City -- while Chris Copeland added 17 points. Both Shumpert and Copeland knocked down four 3-pointers.

The Wizards came into the game stout on the defensive end, allowing just 91.2 points in their previous five games, but the Knicks hit them with a barrage of 3-pointers (9-for-12) to take the early lead. New York finished with a franchise-tying 20 made 3-pointers on 36 attempts.

Anthony notched eight points, including two 3-pointers, as the Knicks took a 36-23 lead after one quarter.

Shumpert had a rare productive opening quarter, contributing six points on two 3-pointers.

Wall scored 12 first-quarter points.

NOTES: The Knicks rested All-Star center Tyson Chandler, as soreness from his bulging neck disk flared up again during Tuesday's shootaround. Replacing Chandler in the lineup was ailing big man Kenyon Martin, who missed the previous two games with a sore knee. The fiery 6-foot-9 power forward stepped into the pivot, but he didn't have much of an immediate impact during his first action in over a week. ... Anthony is the NBA's top scorer and owner of its most popular jersey. Anthony passed MVP LeBron James for the top sales spot Tuesday, the league announced. He's the first Knicks player to lead since the list was released in 2001-02. The list is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and NBAStore.com since last November. Thunder star Kevin Durant is third, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose.
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