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Knicks 83, Bulls 78

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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring for the 21st time in as many games, pouring in 30 points in New York's 83-78 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks forward is the only player to lead his team in scoring in every game this season.

The win was just the third at home this season for New York (6-15).

Chicago (8-12) received 20 points from forward Mike Dunleavy.

The Bulls lost their third straight and fell for the ninth time in 11 games. They failed to reach 80 points for the third consecutive game, posting their lowest output of the season.

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire came off the bench to score 14 points and grab nine rebounds in his second consecutive impressive outing.

Stoudemire, 31, was playing back-to-back games for the first time this season. He scored 15 points and blocked two shots in the Knicks' 109-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

The Bulls tied the game at 74-74 with 3:37 to play on a tip by center Joakim Noah. The basket was part of a 26-6 Chicago run that started late in the third quarter.

The Knicks then scored seven consecutive points on a jumper by Stoudemire and five free throws from Anthony in the final two minutes of the game to pull away.

New York led 66-46 near the close of the third quarter.

Anthony tossed in 15 first-half points and Stoudemire added 10 to help the Knicks build a 46-32 cushion. New York forward Kenyon Martin blocked four shots, two on one Chicago possession, and grabbed five rebounds in the quarter. He finished the night with three points, seven boards and the four blocks.

Chicago came out cold in the second quarter, and the Knicks took advantage, going on a 19-0 run to move ahead 34-15 with 6:00 to play. The Bulls didn't score until there was 5:43 remaining in the quarter.

Stoudemire and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. provided some energy off the bench in the burst, scoring six and five points, respectively.

Dunleavy contributed nine points and four rebounds to help Chicago take a 17-15 first-quarter lead. The Knicks forced eight first-quarter turnovers in one of their more inspiring defensive efforts of the season but shot just 26 percent (6 of 23) from the floor.

Overall, Chicago committed 23 turnovers that led to 24 New York points.

NOTES: Knicks PG Pablo Prigioni made just his fifth start of the season. He replaced Raymond Felton, who was out due to a sore left hamstring. ... Bulls F Luol Deng missed his third straight game with a sore left Achilles tendon. ... Cleveland PG Kyrie Irving became the seventh player to score at least 30 points against the Knicks this season when he deposited 37 points in the Cavaliers' win Tuesday. ... Bulls F Carlos Boozer is the 20th player in NBA history to average more than 10 points and 7.5 rebounds in each of his first 11 seasons in the league.
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