An­thony jumper, 35 points give Knicks win

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Michael Scotto

Carmelo An­thony scored a sea­son-high 35 points, in­clud­ing the tiebreak­ing jumper with 3.1 sec­onds left in over­time, and the New York Knicks beat the Char­lotte Hor­nets 113-111 on Fri­day night.

Carmelo An­thony made the most of a se­cond chance in the clutch.

An­thony scored a sea­son-high 35 points, in­clud­ing the tiebreak­ing jumper with 3.1 sec­onds left in over­time, and the New York Knicks beat the Char­lotte Hor­nets 113-111 on Fri­day night.

“Hon­estly, I wanted that shot,” An­thony said. “I wanted that mo­ment to be hon­est with you. I felt like I had an am­ple op­por­tu­nity to close it in reg­u­la­tion.”

Der­rick Rose added 16 points and blocked Kemba Walker’s 3-pointer that would have won it just be­fore the buzzer.

“I rushed it,” Walker said. “I could have got­ten a bet­ter shot I think. I should have taken my time more. They made a great de­fen­sive play.”

Kristaps Porzingis also scored 16 points in the Knicks’ sixth straight home vic­tory.

For­mer Hor­nets guard Court­ney Lee fin­ished with 12 points in the opener of a home-and-home se­ries.

Marco Be­linelli scored 19 points, Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 18 and Walker added 17 for the Hor­nets, who have lost four straight games.

Porzingis’ 3-pointer from the cor­ner gave New York a 111-109 lead be­fore Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tied it on a back­door layup. An­thony then made a fade­away jumper af­ter pre­vi­ously miss­ing a po­ten­tial gamewin­ning el­bow jumper in reg­u­la­tion.

“When I missed that one, I had a good look at it,” An­thony said. “I felt like I could get that same look again off of a dif­fer­ent move rather than fac­ing up, put the de­fender on my back and make him make a de­ci­sion af­ter that.”

Char­lotte took its largest lead of the game at 70-57 in the third quar­ter. New York re­sponded with a 22-4 run to take a 79-74 lead head­ing into the fourth. An­thony had 11 points in the third quar­ter.

An­thony scored 16 points in the first quar­ter on 6-for-8 shoot­ing from the field.


Hor­nets: Coach Steve Clif­ford made the case for Walker to be­come an All­Star this sea­son. “I thought he could’ve been an All­Star last year,” Clif­ford said. “I think if our record were bet­ter at the All-Star break, I would think he would’ve been the next guy that didn’t make it. He had a ter­rific year last year and he’s play­ing even bet­ter this year. If you’re around him ev­ery day, he plays well be­cause of the right things. He de­serves it.” ... Walker passed Alonzo Mourn­ing for third place on Char­lotte’s ca­reer free throws made list . ... Marvin Wil­liams sus­tained a hy­per­ex­tended left knee in the third quar­ter and didn’t re­turn.

Knicks: Coach Jeff Hor­nacek at­trib­uted Porzingis’ ris­ing shoot­ing per­cent­age to nat­u­ral growth and play­ing within the sys­tem: “I like what KP is do­ing. He’s not try­ing to force a lot of things. He’s play­ing within the game,” Hor­nacek said. “When he’s rolling then there’s a time when he may take one that they call ‘heat checks’ or ill-ad­vised shots, but a lot of times he’s mak­ing those. He’s re­ally grow­ing in his game and he’s find­ing out where he can get his op­por­tu­ni­ties.” ... Lance Thomas (sore left an­kle) and Mar­shall Plum­lee were in­ac­tive.


Clif­ford, on Lee’s de­par­ture as a free agent: “Our prob­lem was, frankly, we had six free agents and they all played well. When we sat down by the time, which was the first day we signed Ni­co­las (Ba­tum), the se­cond day we signed Marvin (Wil­liams), there was no way we were go­ing to have enough money for those guys. We had re­ally enough for two and Al (Jef­fer­son), Jeremy (Lin) and Court­ney all made a lot more money. We couldn’t have got­ten any of those guys. He played great for us. If you look at our record af­ter we picked him up, he’s a ter­rific player. He’s the ul­ti­mate de­pend­able, pro, in­tel­li­gent player.”


Knicks for­ward Carmelo An­thony is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates af­ter hit­ting a shot against Hor­nets dur­ing the fourth quar­ter. The Knicks won 113-111 in over­time.

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