NY, NY, United States (AHN) – The New York Knicks and Amare Stoudemire showed Carmelo Anthony what he can become part of.
The Knicks won their eighth straight game and Stoudemire set a franchise record with his eighth straight 30-point performance en route to an exciting 129-125 victory over Anthony and the Denver Nuggets Sunday.
Wilson Chandler added 27 points and five 3-pointers, including the game-winner, and Raymond Felton had 19 points and 17 assists for New York, which last one eight straight during the 1994-95 season.
Anthony, who missed the last two games because of a minor knee injury, has been the subject of trade rumors ever since turning down a $65 million extension from the Nuggets this summer.
A native of Brooklyn, it’s been no secret that Anthony would like to return home and that the Knicks have been courting the former Syracuse star hard.
Anthony had 31 points against New York, although he shot just 11-of-27 from the floor, but added 13 rebounds in 37 minutes. He entered averaging 22.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this season, but shot just 22-of-72 the past four games while trying to play through the injury.
Stoudemire’s streak broke the record held by Willie Naulls in 1962 and is the longest in the NBA since Kevin Durant’s run of nine straight last season. The 28-year-old Stoudemire has averaged 33.9 points on 58.4 percent shooting (108-of-185) during his run.
Stoudemire scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half. He scored 12 straight Knicks points in the third quarter and New York took a 97-89 lead into the fourth on the strength of a 14-6 closing run.
The burst was highlighted by 3-pointers by Toney Douglas and Chandler.
Denver battled back in the fourth for a 111-110 lead on two free throws by Ty Lawson with 6:05 left when Stoudemire re-entered. The 6-9 power forward then scored four of the next five hoops for the Knicks as they took a 120-115 lead with 1:57 left.
However, a driving layup by Lawson and a 3-pointer by Chauncey Billups tied the game before Stoudemire made a short jumper with one minute to play.
Anthony responded with a driving dunk shot, and then New York ran a play for Chandler, who drained a 3-pointer for a 125-122 lead with 30 seconds left. Anthony tried to respond, but he was called for charging and New York salted away the game from the line.
Landry Fields added 18 points, three 3-pointers and nine rebounds for New York, which shot 52.3 percent (46-of-88) from the floor and was 13-of-30 on 3-pointers. Landry had 21 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in Denver’s 120-118 victory over New York on Nov. 16.
Nene scored 26 points and Al Harrington added 19 off the bench for the Nuggets, who have lost three of four since winning seven straight.
The Knicks continue their three-game homestand with big games against Eastern Conference powers Boston on Wednesday and Miami on Friday.