Anthony leads Knicks’ London win
LONDON – Back in London and back on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony went right back to his winning ways.
The New York Knicks’ star was the main attraction at the O2 Arena last night, five months after he helped the United States win the Olympic gold medal at the same venue. This time, he led the Knicks over the Detroit Pistons, 102-87, in the third regular-season NBA game played in the British capital.
“It felt good out there,” said Anthony, who scored 18 points in the first half as the Knicks (25-13) jumped out to a big early lead. “I definitely had some flashbacks out there. Running out there on the court, just being in the O2 Arena.”
Part of Anthony’s strong showing against the Pistons (14-25) may be attributed to his diet. He recently ended a two-week fasting period, and definitely seemed to be getting his strength back.
“I felt better than I was the last couple of games,” Anthony said. “I’m back eating right, eating what I’m supposed to be eating.”
Anthony has now scored at least 20 points in 25 straight games, extending the longest such streak of his career.
Amar’e Stoudemire added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points.
The Pistons were the home team at the O2 Arena, but the crowd certainly favoured the Knicks and Anthony. After Tayshaun Prince netted a pair of free throws for the opening points of the game, the Knicks went on tear.
Tyson Chandler started it off with a dunk, and Anthony soon followed with a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched between Jason Kidd’s 3-pointer and Chris Copeland’s layup. Iman Shumpert, in his season debut after recovering from knee surgery, nailed another 3-pointer soon after to complete the 16-0 run and put the Knicks in control.
Trailing 56-41 at the half, the Pistons mounted a third-quarter comeback. They scored 10 straight points midway through the period amid their own 16-2 run to cut the lead to 67-63.
In the fourth quarter, the Pistons briefly cut the lead to single digits when Bynum scored seven straight points to make it 83-75, but the Knicks pulled away again – this time for good.
Other scores last night: Clippers 90, Timberwolves 77; Bucks 98, Suns 94; Heat 99, Lakers 90.†