Carmelo Anthony scores 26 as Knicks blast Cavs

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Carmelo Anthony scored 26 to push the New York Knicks past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-97 Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for the Knicks’ third straight victory.

The Knicks came in 3 1/2 games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference and are in a late-season push for the playoffs.

Anthony connected on six straight attempts, including two 3-pointers, to help give the Knicks a 51-37 lead with 3:43 left in the second.

Hawes made consecutive 3-pointers to cut the Cavs’ deficiency to 51-43, before Smith hit a 3-pointer and Stoudemaire scored on a layup as the Knicks upped their lead to 58-43.

Irving closed the quarter with seven quick points and started the third with a 3-pointer to pull the Cavs to 58-53 early in the third.

The Cavs grabbed the lead at 76-74 with 32 seconds left in the quarter after an Irving jumper and two field goals by Jarret Jack.

But Anthony nailed a 3-pointer to give the Knicks a 77-76 advantage to end the third.

The Knicks made four 3-pointers during a 14-1 run early in the fourth to take a 91-81 lead.

The Cavs never recovered as the Knicks kept them at bay the rest of the way.

Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs.

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