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Anthony finds boost, ends skid, seeks steak

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony was hungry, and not just to end the Knicks' skid. He wanted something to eat.

Anthony, struggling to keep his energy up while fasting for two weeks, snapped out of a slow start by scoring 18 of his 27 in the second quarter, and New York ended its season-worst three-game losing streak with a 100-87 victory over the Hornets on Sunday.

Anthony missed seven of eight shots and scored two in the first quarter of the noon start he dislikes, then he outscored the Hornets by himself in the second quarter as the Knicks took the lead for good.

"I'm kind of going through something right now with my own self, trying to find some energy and things like that. But we'll be fine," Anthony said. "We bounced back pretty well, I bounced back pretty well, stuck with it and won the game."

Anthony has scored 20 or more in a career-best 24 straight games, but it has been a struggle for him lately.

The All-Star forward said he hadn't had any meats or carbs in 15 days, and that his body just felt "depleted out there." Perhaps that explains his 6-for-26 shooting night Monday, or the 1-for-8 first quarters in the past two games.

"I usually do it sometimes just to get some clarity in my life and just spiritual reasons. I'm done now. I can't do it no more. I surrender," Anthony said, saying he was headed out to look for a steak after the game.

Game highlights: Former Sickles High standout John Henson scored 19, and Brandon Jennings added 19 points and 10 assists as the Bucks rallied from a 20-point first-quarter deficit to beat the host Raptors 107-96, Milwaukee's eighth straight victory over Toronto. Henson's hook shot with 6:54 to go gave Milwaukee its first lead of the fourth quarter at 87-86. … Tony Parker scored 20 as the Spurs extended their home winning streak to 12 with a 106-88 victory over the Timberwolves. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the fourth quarter after a double technical for arguing a foul call, sparking an 11-0 Spurs run. … Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, and the host Nets rallied from 12 down in the third quarter to beat the Pacers 97-86 and post their season-high sixth victory in a row. … Danilo Gallinari scored 21 to overcome 29 points from Stephen Curry, and the host Nuggets won their season-high fifth straight, beating the Warriors 116-105.

Howard returns: Lakers center Dwight Howard (torn cartilage in right shoulder) returned from a three-game absence against the Cavaliers late Sunday looking to help end Los Angeles' six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, teammate Pau Gasol (concussion) is still not cleared to play. He will be re-evaluated today.

Late Saturday: Mario Chalmers posted career highs of 10 3-pointers and 34 points as the Heat beat the host Kings 128-99. Chalmers was 10-for-13 from long range, tying Brian Shaw's franchise record. "He had it going and we kept finding him," Heat teammate LeBron James said.

Knicks 100, Hornets 87

NEW ORLEANS (87): Aminu 1-1 0-0 2, Davis 6-13 1-3 13, Lopez 5-14 0-0 10, Vasquez 4-10 3-4 11, Gordon 7-14 7-9 22, Anderson 3-12 0-0 7, Ja.Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Mason 3-7 1-1 9, L.Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 1-4 5-5 7, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0, Henry 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 33-82 17-22 87.

NEW YORK (100): Anthony 9-25 7-8 27, Copeland 9-15 0-0 22, Chandler 1-3 3-6 5, Kidd 2-4 0-0 5, White 1-2 0-0 2, J. Smith 3-11 2-3 8, Prigioni 3-4 1-2 8, Stoudemire 3-6 6-6 12, Brewer 1-3 0-0 2, Novak 3-8 0-0 9. Totals 35-81 19-25 100.

New Orleans 29 12 25 21— 87

New York 22 27 22 29— 100

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 4-23 (Mason 2-3, Gordon 1-6, Anderson 1-8, Vasquez 0-3, Roberts 0-3), New York 11-30 (Copeland 4-8, Novak 3-7, Anthony 2-8, Prigioni 1-1, Kidd 1-3, J. Smith 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 53 (Aminu 11), New York 53 (Chandler 14). AssistsNew Orleans 14 (Vasquez 6), New York 24 (Kidd 8). Total FoulsNew Orleans 23, New York 21. TechnicalsChandler, J. Smith. A19,033.

Spurs 106, Timberwolves 88

MINNESOTA (88): Kirilenko 4-8 0-0 9, Cunningham 5-11 1-2 11, Pekovic 6-12 2-2 14, Ridnour 6-11 0-1 13, Shved 0-7 2-4 2, Rubio 0-6 4-4 4, Williams 3-9 1-2 8, Hayward 0-4 0-0 0, Barea 4-11 6-6 15, Stiemsma 4-6 2-2 10, Amundson 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 33-89 18-23 88.

SAN ANTONIO (106): Leonard 4-5 0-0 9, Duncan 4-8 4-5 12, Splitter 4-7 2-2 10, Parker 10-15 0-0 20, Green 0-4 0-0 0, Ginobili 6-11 0-0 12, Diaw 1-1 0-0 3, Jackson 3-6 1-2 9, Blair 4-5 1-2 9, Mills 2-8 0-0 5, Neal 6-9 0-0 15, De Colo 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 45-80 8-11 106.

Minnesota 21 29 21 17— 88

San Antonio 24 31 23 28— 106

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 4-16 (Kirilenko 1-2, Ridnour 1-2, Williams 1-3, Barea 1-5, Rubio 0-1, Hayward 0-1, Shved 0-2), San Antonio 8-21 (Neal 3-3, Jackson 2-4, Diaw 1-1, Leonard 1-2, Mills 1-5, Ginobili 0-1, Parker 0-1, Green 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 47 (Kirilenko 11), San Antonio 52 (Duncan 9). AssistsMinnesota 23 (Ridnour, Barea 6), San Antonio 31 (Parker 6). Total FoulsMinnesota 10, San Antonio 19. TechnicalsParker, San Antonio Coach Popovich 2, San Antonio defensive three second. Ejected— S.A. Coach Popovich. A18,144.

Nets 97, Pacers 86

INDIANA (86): George 6-18 0-0 15, West 11-19 5-6 27, Hibbert 3-5 0-0 6, Hill 6-13 0-0 13, Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0, Green 5-13 4-4 15, T.Hansbrough 1-4 0-0 2, Mahinmi 2-2 1-2 5, Augustin 1-4 0-0 3, O.Johnson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 35-83 10-12 86.

BROOKLYN (97): Bogans 2-4 3-4 8, Evans 1-2 0-0 2, Lopez 5-14 5-8 15, Williams 7-18 6-6 22, J.Johnson 7-16 3-3 20, Humphries 4-7 2-2 10, Blatche 1-8 3-4 5, Brooks 1-5 3-4 5, Watson 4-4 0-0 8, Stackhouse 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 25-31 97.

Indiana 21 28 26 11— 86

Brooklyn 27 19 23 28— 97

3-Point GoalsIndiana 6-24 (George 3-7, Augustin 1-2, Hill 1-5, Green 1-6, Stephenson 0-1, O.Johnson 0-3), Brooklyn 6-14 (J.Johnson 3-6, Williams 2-5, Bogans 1-2, Stackhouse 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 43 (George 12), Brooklyn 61 (Lopez, Humphries 9). AssistsInd. 18 (Augustin 4), Brooklyn 19 (Williams 9). Total FoulsIndiana 21, Brooklyn 15. TechnicalsHill, Ind. Coach Vogel. A16,499.

Bucks 107, Raptors 96

MILWAUKEE (107): Mbah a Moute 4-5 0-0 8, Ilyasova 3-6 2-2 9, Sanders 4-6 3-6 11, Jennings 5-13 7-7 19, Ellis 7-17 2-2 17, Udoh 1-2 0-0 2, Udrih 2-5 0-0 5, Henson 8-13 3-4 19, Dunleavy 5-8 2-2 15, Daniels 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-77 19-23 107.

TORONTO (96): Fields 1-5 1-2 3, Davis 8-12 4-7 20, Johnson 9-16 4-4 22, Calderon 9-15 0-0 21, DeRozan 7-19 9-10 23, Anderson 2-10 1-2 5, Acy 0-3 2-2 2, Lowry 0-4 0-0 0, Ross 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-85 21-27 96.

Milwaukee 16 31 27 33— 107

Toronto 34 15 29 18— 96

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 8-19 (Dunleavy 3-4, Jennings 2-5, Udrih 1-2, Ilyasova 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Daniels 0-1, Henson 0-1), Toronto 3-13 (Calderon 3-4, Lowry 0-1, Fields 0-1, DeRozan 0-2, Anderson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 41 (Sanders 8), Toronto 55 (Johnson 14). AssistsMil. 29 (Jennings 10), Toronto 25 (Calderon 8). Total FoulsMil. 25, Toronto 21. A17,384.

Nuggets 116, Warriors 105

GOLDEN STATE (105): Barnes 8-11 0-0 21, Lee 11-18 1-2 23, Ezeli 0-0 0-0 0, Curry 11-18 0-0 29, Thompson 6-16 0-0 13, Landry 2-4 1-2 5, Green 1-3 0-0 2, Jack 4-11 2-2 10, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Bazemore 0-2 2-2 2, Tyler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-83 6-8 105.

DENVER (116): Gallinari 7-12 4-6 21, Faried 4-12 1-1 9, Koufos 4-6 0-0 8, Lawson 6-14 6-6 20, Iguodala 4-11 1-2 10, Chandler 6-14 0-0 14, A.Miller 5-8 2-2 12, McGee 2-3 5-8 9, Brewer 5-10 2-2 13, Fournier 0-0 0-0 0, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-90 21-27 116.

Golden State 25 29 33 18— 105

Denver 27 25 27 37— 116

3-Point GoalsGolden State 13-24 (Curry 7-9, Barnes 5-6, Thompson 1-7, Jack 0-2), Denver 9-27 (Gallinari 3-7, Chandler 2-5, Lawson 2-5, Brewer 1-4, Iguodala 1-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 44 (Lee 13), Denver 51 (Faried 10). AssistsGolden State 28 (Jack 8), Denver 27 (A.Miller 8). Total FoulsGolden State 24, Denver 16. A15,861.

Anthony finds boost, ends skid, seeks steak 01/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 13, 2013 11:05pm]

    

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