Anthony's big finish rallies Knicks past Wolves

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm •  Published: December 23, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Blame the Christmas carols.

In a "Bah humbug!" moment, Carmelo Anthony jokingly suggested the halftime music messed up the mood, offering that among a couple of reasons for the Knicks' slow start Sunday.

He made sure no excuses were needed at the end.

Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying New York to a 94-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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.

"It was just a matter of just getting it going. I think for the first half we were sluggish, seemed that we didn't have no momentum, no energy, it looked like our legs wasn't there in the first half," Anthony said. "Once again, we dug ourselves a hole and we fought out of the hole today. This game was one of them games that we didn't want to lose and we wasn't going to lose."

They almost did, though.

The Knicks fell behind shortly after the rare 5 p.m. tip-off, stayed behind most of the way and couldn't get much energy from the arena, with Anthony saying the halftime Christmas music "kind of put us to sleep a little bit."

"I love Christmas music, but it was just the time of the game. We was down, we didn't have no energy, then they threw the 'Chestnuts are roasting,'" Anthony added.

J.R. Smith added 19 points and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who headed to the airport afterward for a trip to Los Angeles for their Christmas Day game against former coach Mike D'Antoni and the Lakers.

"This was a big game for us. Sunday afternoon game, tough one, Christmas is right around the corner, we're going on the road. These are the kind of games that you lose, that you get lured into," Chandler said. "Minnesota's a tough team, Minnesota's not an easy team, they play well together and I was proud of the guys for really being able to turn it on in the second half, gut it out and get this win before we start this road trip."

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.



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