NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points, his best effort since coming to New York, and the Knicks pulled out a 113-106 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Hours after saying the game was “almost a must win” for the Knicks, Anthony added 10 rebounds, and the Knicks got some help when Dwight Howard fouled out in the extra session, then picked up his NBA-leading 17th technical foul.
Amare Stoudemire scored 20 for the Knicks, who won for the second time in 11 games.
Howard rebounded from a quiet first half to finish with 29 points and 18 rebounds, but Orlando didn’t score after he picked up his sixth foul going for a rebound with 77 seconds remaining in overtime in a two-point game.
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Jason Richardson made the tying 3-pointer in regulation and scored 24 for the Magic, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points, but also fouled out.
The Knicks shook things up Monday by holding their first morning shootaround at home this season. It was there that Anthony said the game was “almost a must win.”
They did by finally beating the Magic in a game that was postponed Nov. 2, after debris fell during an overnight cleaning of asbestos-related materials.