ATLANTA – Carmelo Anthony survived the shooting derby and Amar’e Stoudemire was involved on the game-winning defensive play at the buzzer as the Knicks survived a wild 113-112 Philips Arena matinee thriller Sunday afternoon.
Anthony racked up 39 points and hit what turned into the game-winning bucket with 1:40 left that put them up 113-112.
It would come down to one last play with the Hawks inbounding with 3.7 seconds left, still down by the same score. Marvin Williams, at the top of the key, spun on Stoudemire, drove down the lane and went up for a potential game-winning dunk that missed, with Stoudemire guarding him all the way and leaping up to partially block it at the rim. The referees ultimately ruled the dunk wouldn’t have counted anyway as it came .1 seconds late.
The victory kept the Knicks in seventh place and kept their slim hopes alive of moving into the sixth seed.
Anthony and Stoudemire combined for 61 points. Stoudemire, in his second game, got better and better as the game went along and finished with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Landry Fields added 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting.
“Amar’e was phenomenal,” Anthony said. “The way we played off each other. When he had it, he had it. When I had it, I had it.”
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