Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/13/13
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and Chris Copeland added 22 as the New York Knicks ended their three-game losing streak and the New Orleans Hornets' four-game win streak Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks overcame another poor first quarter as Anthony heated up in the second and New York opened some breathing room by the end of the third quarter in its 100-87 win. The victory allowed the Knicks (24-13) to head to London for Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons feeling better about themselves. Eric Gordon scored 22 points to lead the Hornets (11-26), who head to Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Tuesday. Anthony Davis had 13 and Greivis Vasquez had 11. But Vasquez, who entered the game averaging 9.2 assists per game, was held to five, which tied his season-low. Up 67-63 late in the third quarter, the Knicks went on a 17-5 run to all but put the game away. That included a 13-2 spurt to start the fourth quarter, when Copeland scored five points, Steve Novak scored six and the players put New York up 84-68 with 9:03 left, on back-to-back 3-pointers. The Hornets were not able to get back in the game after that. Anthony started back at power forward, with coach Mike Woodson saying he wanted to take advantage of his quickness against bigger lineups, but the star forward was 1 of 8 from the field in the first quarter for the second straight game. But it offered a side benefit of starting Copeland at small forward and he scored 11 points in the first, hitting three 3-pointers. Anthony, meantime, quickly made up for his cold shooting in the first. He scored 18 points in the second, to give him 20 going into the break and lead the Knicks past a seven-point first-quarter deficit and to a 49-41 halftime advantage. Anthony especially took over during a 15-4 spurt midway through the second quarter, when he scored 12 of the Knicks' points, including 12 straight. The spurt gave the Knicks a 43-38 lead with 2:59 left before the break. Gordon scored 12 points for the Hornets in the first quarter as they took a 29-22 lead after the first period, the Knicks' 11th opponent in their last 12 games to lead entering the second quarter. New Orleans tacked on three points at the end of the period on a questionable foul call, as a 3-point shooting foul was called on the Knicks' Smith. Replays indicated Hornets guard Brian Roberts was still dribbling when Smith fouled him and made a shooting motion after the fact, but the play was upheld and Roberts nailed all three shots. NOTES: Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire played 23 minutes and scored 12 points. The limit in his recovery from knee surgery was upped to 25-30 minutes per game from a little more than 20 minutes, Woodson said before the game. ... Knicks guard James White started his second straight game in place of struggling Ronnie Brewer, who had started all of the Knicks' previous games. ... If he has no setbacks in his next two practices, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (torn left ACL and meniscus) could make his season debut on Thursday, when the Knicks play the Pistons in London. ... New Orleans scored a point before play began in the second half. A technical foul call on Knicks center Tyson Chandler wasn't announced until after halftime. Vasquez shot the free throw for the Hornets, to bring them within 49-42.
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