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01/13/2013 4:28 PM EST
Anthony's big second quarter helps Knicks end skid
NEW YORK 100, NEW ORLEANS 87

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony was hungry, and not just to end
the Knicks' losing streak.



He wanted something to eat.



Anthony, struggling to keep his energy up while fasting for two
weeks, snapped out of a slow start by scoring 18 of his 27
points in the second quarter, and New York ended its
season-high, three-game skid with a 100-87 victory over the New
Orleans Hornets on Sunday.



Anthony missed seven of eight shots and scored two points in the
first quarter of the noon start he dislikes, then outscored the
Hornets by himself in the second period as the Knicks took the
lead for good.



"I'm kind of going through something right now with my own self,
trying to find some energy and things like that. But we'll be
fine," Anthony said. "We bounced back pretty well, I bounced
back pretty well, stuck with it and won the game."



Anthony has scored 20 or more in a career-best 24 straight
games, but it's been a struggle for him lately.



The All-Star forward said he hadn't had any meats or carbs in 15
days, and that his body just felt "depleted out there." Perhaps
that explains his 6-for-26 shooting night in a loss to Boston on
Monday, or the consecutive 1-for-8 first quarters in the last
two games.



"I usually do it sometimes just to get some clarity in my life
and just spiritual reasons. I'm done now. I can't do it no more.
I surrender," Anthony said, saying he was headed out to look for
a steak after the game.



Chris Copeland added 22 points for the Knicks, who had seen
their Atlantic Division lead trimmed to two games by Brooklyn
while losing five of their previous seven games. Battling
injuries, they play only once in the next week, facing the
Detroit Pistons on Thursday in London.



"Obviously losing the last three before this made it a
must-win," forward Steve Novak said. "We can't drop another one
at home, especially going into a week where we're going to have
a trip. It would have made it a much longer week if we hadn't.
This was a game where we had to come out and play better than we
have."



Eric Gordon scored 22 points as the Hornets had their four-game
winning streak snapped. Coach Monty Williams said the Hornets
didn't bring the competitive edge they'd had lately.



"You look at how many open looks they got from the (3-point
line), recognizing that Novak can shoot the ball, those kind of
things are correctable, but it's tough to watch it," Williams
said. "It's OK to lose in the NBA because it's part of it, but
when you lose because you didn't compete for 48 minutes, it's
tough to swallow."



Copeland got his fourth career start so the Knicks could put
Anthony back at the power forward spot, where he had great
success earlier this season. The move worked out for both of
them, with Copeland going 9 of 15 and carrying the offense early
while Anthony struggled.



Anthony was on the bench when the Knicks put it away, opening
the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run that featured two 3-pointers
from Novak and five points from Copeland and turned a five-point
lead into an 84-68 advantage.



No. 1 pick Anthony Davis had 13 points and eight rebounds for
the Hornets, but point guard Greivis Vasquez was limited to 11
points and six assists after recording three straight
double-doubles.



The Hornets missed 19 of their 23 3-point attempts.



New Orleans was up 29-22 after one thanks to a gift from J.R.
Smith, who fouled Brian Roberts beyond halfcourt with 0.5
seconds remaining. Officials reviewed the play and determined it
was a shooting foul, and Roberts made all three.



Anthony had only more one basket in the first seven-plus minutes
of the second quarter, then suddenly showed why he is one of the
NBA's most dynamic scorers.



He made a jumper while being fouled by Davis, the three-point
play capping an 8-0 run that gave the Knicks a 36-34 lead with
4:34 remaining. After a jumper by Gordon, Anthony made two free
throws and converted another three-play play, giving him eight
points in about 70 seconds and making it 41-36.



He finished the quarter in style, with a jumper and 3-pointer
that made it a seven-point game, and a free throw closed the
scoring for the half and gave the Knicks a 49-41 lead. Anthony
was 6 of 9 in the period, outscoring the Hornets 18-12.



"Carmelo got into a big flow that second quarter. When he's
flowing, that's when their whole team is flowing in all
aspects," Gordon said. "They just had a big quarter and kept
having big strides after that. We didn't play so well, either.
We had too many lapses on offense and defense."



The Knicks led by 11 in the third quarter but couldn't put it
away, the Hornets pulling within 71-66.



Notes: Amare Stoudemire scored 12 points after the Knicks'
medical staff told coach Mike Woodson he could increase the
forward's minutes to about 25-30 per game. Stoudemire had been
limited to a little more than 20 per night as he returned from
left knee surgery. He played 23 while battling foul trouble. ...
Woodson said Iman Shumpert, nearing his return from major knee
surgery, will make the trip to London. On Friday, Woodson left
open the possibility that Shumpert could remain behind and work
with the Knicks' NBA Development League team, but said doctors
cleared Shumpert to go after testing his knee.

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