An­thony has 30 be­fore in­jury in Knicks’ win

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Kathy Willens / as­so­ci­ated PRESS

Carmelo An­thony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quar­ter, and the New York Knicks held on af­ter he de­parted with a sprained left an­kle to beat the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 116-107 on Thurs­day night in coach Mike D’An­toni’s re­turn to Madi­son Square Garden.

Fir­ing in 3-point­ers and mov­ing the ball to open shoot­ers, things they of­ten strug­gled to do un­der D’An­toni, the Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and im­proved to 9-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 sea­son.

Mean­while, things are start­ing as poorly for D’An­toni in Los An­ge­les as they ended in New York. The Lak­ers, still with­out Steve Nash and Pau Ga­sol, were never really in the game while los­ing their fourth straight and fall­ing to 9-14.

Hawks 113, Bob­cats 90: Devin Har­ris scored 20 points, Josh Smith added 18 and host At­lanta beat Char­lotte to hand the Bob­cats their 10th straight de­feat.

Ger­ald Hen­der­son fin­ished with 17 points and Ra­mon Ses­sions had 16 for Char­lotte.

The Hawks are 123 since los­ing three of their first five games this sea­son. At­lanta has won two straight and five of six.

Lou Wil­liams had eight of his nine as­sists in the first half for At­lanta. Wil- li­ams, who fin­ished with 13 points, matched his ca­reer high in as­sists, and Ivan John­son added a sea­son-high 16 points.

Hawks cen­ter Al Hor­ford fin­ished with 11 points and three re­bounds, end­ing his streak of seven con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­bles.

At­lanta got off to a strong start of­fen­sively, hit­ting nearly 63 per­cent of its first 35 shots be­fore Hor­ford and Wil­liams missed jumpers to end the first half.

Late Wed­nes­day

Jazz 99, Spurs 96: Mo Wil­liams had just missed from 3-point range with 9.9 sec­onds left and the game tied against West­ern Con­fer­ence neme­sis San An­to­nio.

In­stead of get­ting grief from his coach, Wil­liams got an­other green light.

“Coach told me don’t worry about it. You’ll make the next one,” Wil­liams said. He did. Wil­liams hit a 3pointer at the buzzer to lift the host Utah Jazz to a 99-96 vic­tory Wed­nes­day night that snapped the Spurs’ fiveg­ame win­ning streak.

New York’s Carmelo An­thony left with a sprained an­kle in the third quar­ter, but not be­fore he had 30 points as the Knicks built a big lead and held off the Lak­ers for a 116-107 win in New York.

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