Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points and added 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks broke their six-game losing streak in bombastic fashion, knocking off the Orlando Magic in overtime 113-106. 'Melo was brilliant in the third quarter, as his 19 points countered Dwight Howard's 15 in the period to keep New York in the game. Anthony added 11 in the fourth and got some help from Toney Douglas and Chauncey Billups.
Howard had a monster game, with 29 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out in extra time. Dwight added salt to the wound by picking up a post-ejection technical foul, bringing his season total to 17. Upon receiving his next tech, he'll be suspended one game by the league. More importantly in the immediate, the technical gave the Knicks an extra free throw when the Magic trailed by just two points with a minute and change left. Billups sunk it, and the Magic never scored again.
But before all of that, Howard did remind us why Mike D'Antoni is loathe to ask Amar'e Stoudemire to defend the Magic All-Star.
Stoudemire finished with 20 points on efficient 6-10 shooting; he and Anthony combined to take 27 free throws, just five fewer than Orlando's entire roster. New York's defense performed, holding Orlando to 1.04 points per possession. The absence of Jameer Nelson may have had a good bit to do with that; his replacement Gilbert Arenas shot 2-11 and had five turnovers to go with his five assists.