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12/23/2012 9:54 PM EST
Anthony's big finish rallies Knicks past Wolves
NEW YORK 94, MINNESOTA 91

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in
the fourth quarter, rallying the New York Knicks to a 94-91
victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.



New York trailed from the opening minutes until Anthony scored
eight straight points down the stretch. He had scored just nine
points on 3-of-11 shooting in the first half, but had the final
12 for the Knicks to give them a 4-2 finish on their six-game
homestand.



J.R. Smith added 19 points and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and
nine rebounds for the Knicks, who will fly to Los Angeles later
Sunday for their Christmas Day game against the Lakers.



Nikola Pekovic had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the
Timberwolves, who played without star forward Kevin Love because
of an eye injury. Alexey Shved added 18 points for Minnesota.



Love was poked in the eye late in the Wolves' 99-93 victory over
Oklahoma City on Thursday and didn't travel with the team to New
York. They nearly pulled it out without him, leading almost the
entire night before falling for the third time in four games.



Anthony made a 3-pointer with 1:53 left to get New York within
one, then fought off the tough defense of Andrei Kirilenko,
scoring while being fouled and converting the three-point play
with 1:13 to play that made it 88-86, the Knicks' first lead
since it was 5-4.



Anthony followed with two free throws for a four-point lead, and
after Shved's 3-pointer cut it to one, Anthony sank two free
throws with 16.5 seconds remaining. The Wolves got it to one
again on J.J. Barea's drive, but Anthony again knocked down two
free throws with 6.7 seconds left, and Shved was well short on a
tying 3-point attempt.



Even with Love out and Ricky Rubio still on a minutes
restriction in his return from major knee surgery, Minnesota led
29-22 after one and never gave up the lead in the half, even
when the Knicks seemed to be putting together some momentum.



Smith threw down a dunk in Greg Stiemsma's face as one of the
Knicks' three straight baskets right at the rim, but Minnesota
shook off that surge and scored the final seven points of the
half, taking a 55-46 lead on Luke Ridnour's 3-pointer.



The Wolves had the lead up to 11 a couple of times in the third
quarter and were still ahead 73-71 heading to the fourth.



Notes: Knicks coach Mike Woodson seemed to rule Amare Stoudemire
out of the road trip, saying he thought it would be best to have
the forward practice against his teammates when they get back
before he plays. But Marcus Camby, who has been sidelined by a
sore left foot and has barely played this season, said he will
be ready to play Tuesday. ... The crowd included Yankees star
Derek Jeter and former Knicks guard Richie Guerin, who had an
opportunity to see a highlight of his on the "Garden 366"
display along the concourse, which marks an event that took
place at MSG for each day of the calendar. Guerin's was Dec. 11.
On that date in 1959, he had the first 50-point game in
franchise history at the old Garden.

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