New York City, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 27 points in the second quarter to lead New York Knicks over the New Orleans Hornets 100-87 Sunday.
Chris Copeland added 22 points for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Copeland got his fourth career start so the Knicks could put Anthony back at the power forward spot, where he had great success early in the season. The move worked with Copeland going 9 of 15 and carrying the offense early while Anthony struggled.
Anthony missed seven of eight shots and scored two points in the first quarter, then outscored the Hornets by himself in the second period as the Knicks took the lead for good.
The All-Star forward, who said his body felt depleted, had just ended a fast and hadn’t had any meats or carbohydrates in 15 days.
The Knicks led by 11 in the third before the Hornets cut it down to 71-66 at the end of the quarter.
Anthony was on the bench when the Knicks put it away, opening the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run as Steve Novak
hit two 3 pointers and Copeland scored five points to create an 84-68 advantage.
Eric Gordon scored 22 points and No. 1 pick Anthony Davis had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets who missed 19 of their 23 three-point attempts. The Hornets saw their four-game winning streak snapped.