Carmelo Anthony's 34 leads Knicks past Jazz

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Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and handed out 3 assists to lead the New York Knicks to a victory over the Utah Jazz, 92-83. He has had an impressive season, and Anthony has now reached 2000 points (28.0 points per game) and 500 assists (3.1 assists per game). This is the seventh win for New York (32-43) in its last 10 games.

Anthony went 11-19 (4-7 from three-point range) and 8-8 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. He registered 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists also New York also got solid performances from Tyson Chandler with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Raymond Felton with 12 points and 6 assists. On 5-14 shooting (3-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-8 from the free throw line, Gordon Hayward put up 18 points for Utah in the loss. Derrick Favors contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds and Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

As expected, New York, ranked second in the NBA at avoiding errors (TO% of 13.2%) protected the ball well in this contest. Meanwhile, the defense of Utah continues to struggle forcing turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the second-fewest turnovers in the league (12.9%). The Jazz paired an eFG% of 43.5% alongside a substandard FTA rate of 17.6. They are winless (0-6) when they drop below 45% and 20.0 in those respective offensive factors this season. The Knicks, on the other hand, are 1-0 when holding their opponents under those marks.

Utah (23-52) has now lost five in a row.

Coming up, the Knicks square off with the Brooklyn Nets, who are 39-33 on the season. The Jazz meet the New Orleans Pelicans, currently sitting at 32-42 this year. The Knicks have a 1-1 record against Brooklyn this season. The Jazz have lost their last two meetings with New Orleans.

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