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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks finally snapped a four-game losing streak while extending the Philadelphia 76ers' skid to five.

Amar'e Stoudemire added 22 points and J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton had 14 apiece for the Knicks, who beat the Sixers 99-93 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Jrue Holiday had 30 points and Evan Turner added 21 for Philadelphia (22-32). Thaddeus Young, who had been out with an injury nearly three weeks, started and scored 11 points in 36 minutes for the Sixers.

New York took control at the start of the second quarter and led by double-digits for most of the rest of the game.

The Knicks entered the fourth quarter up nine, but quickly boosted the lead. Stoudemire, whose scoring spurt to start the second quarter helped the Knicks open up what had been a close game, scored eight of the Knicks' first 10 points in the fourth to help them go up 87-71 with 8:55 left.

Philadelphia got within 98-93 with 43 seconds left on Spencer Hawes' tip-in, but Turner's shot after a drive rolled in and out on the Sixers' next possession and the Knicks held on from there.

Up 12 at halftime, the Knicks entered the fourth quarter leading 76-67 after a third period that included a quick dust-up that, at least momentarily, jolted a sleepy Knicks crowd.

The Knicks, whom coach Mike Woodson said needed to show more composure after J.R. Smith got ejected in a recent loss to Indianapolis, had a run-in with the Sixers midway through the third.

With less than eight minutes left in the third, Anthony smacked Hawes in the back of the head as Hawes waited for a rebound, resulting in a Flagrant 1 foul call after the play was reviewed. Hawes immediately turned to face Anthony, getting in a small shove, before Knicks center Tyson Chandler protected his star teammate by shoving Hawes hard, moving him away from Anthony. Hawes and Chandler were then separated and both were called for technical fouls.

The Knicks took a 52-40 lead into halftime, with Anthony scoring 18 points to lead them before the break. Stoudemire added 11, including six in the first three minutes of the second quarter that helped the Knicks go on a 17-2 run to take a 41-24 lead.

Philadelphia was led by Holiday's seven points before intermission while Young scored two points in the 16 minutes he played in the first half.

Notes: Kenyon Martin, signed by the Knicks to a 10-day contract Saturday, was eager to make his Knicks debut and his overall season debut after going unsigned since averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 42 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said before the game the 35-year-old forward looked to be in good shape. However, Martin did not get into Sunday's game despite chants for him by the crowd in the fourth quarter ... Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young had been out since Feb. 4, when he sustained a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring against the Orlando Magic. Sixers coach Doug Collins said Young would give his team an element it had missed in his absence. "He gives us some speed, and that's something we desperately need," Collins said in a pre-game press conference. ... The Knicks offered a moment of remembrance for Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died last week, showing his image on the video scoreboard screen.
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