Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks

Anthony Scores 25, New York Tops San Antonio To Snap Skid

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 95-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Complete Box Scores

Anthony, who played a game-high 40 minutes, scored just four points in the first half on 2-of-5 shooting, bagged in 21 in the second half to help seal the win for the Knicks (23-33).

Derrick Rose added 18 points, Kristaps Porzingis finished with 16 points and seven rebounds and Willy Hernangomez ended with 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals for New York.

Kawhi Leonard tallied 36 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead the way for the Spurs (41-13).

LaMarcus Aldridge added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and David Lee ended with 10 points and seven boards for San Antonio, which had its two-game win streak snapped.

New York trailed 48-42 at halftime, but outscored the Spurs 27-17 in the third quarter to take a 69-65 lead going into the fourth.

As a team, San Antonio, which led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, shot 36.3 percent on 33-of-91 shooting, while going just 20.7 percent from long-range after missing 23 of its 3-point attempts.

The Knicks, meanwhile, finished on 50.0 percent shooting (34-of-68) overall from the floor and 64.3 percent from 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, during an interview after the game, Anthony side-stepped questions about his relationship with Phil Jackson and trade rumours.

Anthony and the Knicks return to action on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City.

Leonard and San Antonio are back in action on Monday night at the Indiana Pacers before travelling to the Orlando Magic two nights later.

DWAYNE SIMPSON

Dwayne is a former high school and college athlete who now enjoys life off the court and off the track. He is a former contributor for the News World weekly magazine and online website.

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