NEW YORK: Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points as the New York Knicks clobbered the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-86 on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at Madison Square Garden arena.
The Knicks won their fourth consecutive game and look like a completely different team than they did earlier in the season when they struggled to get off to good starts in games.
On Thursday they led by double digits for the last 43 minutes of the contest.
Tim Hardaway scored a career-high 29 points, J.R. Smith finished with 19 points, Raymond Felton scored 12 points with nine assists and Tyson Chandler added 11 points with eight rebounds for the Knicks.
Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 24 points and Dion Waiters added 21 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who have lost three straight.
The Knicks shot 12-for-20 from the floor in the opening quarter and scored 11 points off of six Cleveland turnovers.
Midway through the second quarter, Anthony scored the final four points of an 8-0 surge that increased the margin to 58-29. The Knicks led 60-36 at the break.
Cleveland ended the third quarter on a 14-6 run to cut the deficit to 81-65, but Hardaway knocked down three from beyond the arc during a 13-5 run in the fourth to help New York maintain a solid lead.