The New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 98-91 road win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
On the eve of the NBA trade deadline, the Knicks’ most rumored trading chip, Iman Shumoert, sprained his left knee and did not return to the game.
With the win the Knicks are 20-20 all time playing on New Orleans’ home court, and have won five of the past six meetings in the Pelicans’ building.
New Orleans played host the NBA All-Star Game, where Carmelo Anthony rewrote the record book with eight 3-pointers made. Tonight, Anthony scored 42 points.
The win means the Knicks and Pelican split the season series at 1-1, with both teams winning on each other’s home courts.
Sam SpiegelmanCarmelo Anthony is a native New Yorker, but boy does he make New Orleans feel like home.
Yet again Anthony was spot-on offensively, putting the game in his hands and dropping 42 points — the third time he’s eclipsed the 40-plus mark this year — as the New York Knicks (21-33) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed New Orleans a 98-91 home loss.
The bigger takeaway from the win, which puts the Knicks 3.5 games back of the Charlotte Bobcats currently occupying the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, is that Iman Shumpert’s injured his left knee and was unable to return. Shumpert is the Knicks’ most valuable trading chip as the NBA deadline looms Thursday and was rumored to be a part of a proposed deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire Darren Collison. That deal is unlikely to go through now, according to numerous reports.
On the court, Anthony was one of the three Knicks to score in double figures. His 42 points were a game high, as he shot 55 percent from the field and 33 percent (2-of-6) from beyond the arc. With Amare’ Stoudemire sidelined, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. provided ‘Melo with some offensive help off the bench. The rookie scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting while Smith drained three 3s and finished with 19 total points.
Leading the way for the Pelicans (23-30) was Eric Gordon who had 28 points, almost double his season average (15.8). Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, also mentioned as a potential mover between now and the trade deadline, each had 14 points.
The Knicks continue their road trip in Orlando Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.