Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points and J.R. Smith added 30 points to help the New York Knicks win their 11th straight game, 101-83 against the Milwaukee Bucks in a National Basketball Association contest.
In the past three games, Anthony has scored 50 points against the Miami Heat, 40 against the Atlanta Hawks and 41 points last night as the Knicks (49-26) pulled 1 1/2 games ahead of Indiana in the race for the second seed in the Eastern Conference after the Pacers lost 97-75 at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. New York trails the Miami Heat by 10 games.
The Knicks trailed 45-36 at the half and rallied in the third with 42 points on their home court at Madison Square Garden.
“We were a little dead in the first half,” Anthony told reporters.
Anthony had 14 rebounds and Smith recorded 10 rebounds while Raymond Felton added nine points for the Knicks, who last lost to the Clippers on March 17 in Los Angeles.
Brandon Jennings had 25 points and J.J. Redick contributed 18 for the Bucks (36-39), who hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, 23 games behind the Heat.
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