Anthony keeps Knicks in front for No. 7 seed
Carmelo Anthony went off for 39 points and 10 rebounds and took over down the stretch as the visiting New York Knicks drew closer to locking up the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 113-112 win over Atlanta.
The Hawks failed to clinch home-court advantage in the first round.
Amare Stoudemire added 22 points and 12 rebounds and Baron Davis chipped in 13 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who are one-half game up on the eighth-place Philadelphia 76ers. tlanta remains a game up on the Boston Celtics.
Each team made a brief run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, with a pair of 3-pointers highlighting a 9-0 run to put the Hawks on top. The Knicks responded with two 3-pointers in their own 8-0 burst to jump back on top 106-102 with 6:54 to play.
The long range barrage continued when Joe Johnson buried one from beyond the arc to put Atlanta ahead 109-108 with 3:06 on the clock.
Anthony’s three-point play gave New York the lead back but again Johnson was there to answer, burying a deep 3-pointer from the left wing.
Anthony responded immediately, knocking down a 23-foot jumper with 1:39 on the clock to put the Knicks back up 113-112.