Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives around Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
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Forward Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, while guards J.R. Smith and Toney Douglas combined to shoot 13-of-24 from the floor, including four-of-six from beyond the arc, to finish with 15 points apiece.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler added 12 points and 12 rebounds in addition to helping keep Dwight Howard quiet on Thursday night. Howard, who made headlines for head coach Stan Van Gundy's admission that the franchise center wants him fired after the season, sat out the last two games with back spasms and was a game-time decision tonight. In a game-high 40 minutes, Howard was four-of-eight from the floor and finished with eight points, eight rebounds and had five turnovers.
With the win, the Knicks improve to 28-27 and for now are a game-and-a-half ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Magic dropped to 32-23 and are the sixth seed, though they have the same record as the No. 5 seed Atlanta Hawks.