With diet back to normal, Anthony helps Knicks win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 3:32 am •  Published: January 18, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — If Carmelo Anthony keeps eating right, the New York Knicks might just be a contender for the NBA title.

After ending a two-week fast that caused him some sluggishness on the basketball court, Anthony has resumed eating normally, and it showed Thursday.

The star forward scored 26 points — 18 of them in the first half — to help the Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in the third regular-season NBA game to be played in the O2 Arena.

"I felt better than I was the last couple of games," Anthony said. "I'm back eating right. Eating what I'm supposed to be eating."

Although it was an away game for the Knicks (25-13), they certainly had the crowd behind them while playing at the same venue in which Anthony helped the United States win the Olympic gold medal in August.

Just playing the Pistons (14-25) at the O2 brought back some happy memories.

"It felt good out there," Anthony said. "I definitely had some flashbacks out there. Running out there on the court, just being in the O2 Arena."

And with the gold medal already in his possession, he's now thinking about an NBA title.

"I've been on some good teams ... but as far as being a complete team from top to bottom, this is the best team I've ever played on," said Anthony, who has now scored at least 20 points in 25 straight games, extending the longest such streak of his career.

He almost managed to hit the 20-point mark in the first two quarters alone.

"He got off to such a hot start, and then he just kind of played as the game came to him," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "He was getting double-teamed and I thought he did a great job in sacrificing the basketball, which he has to do."

Even Pistons coach Lawrence Frank wasn't surprised.

"You know going in, there's no secrets, he's the best first-quarter scorer in the league," Frank said.

Amare Stoudemire added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points.

After Tayshaun Prince netted a pair of free throws for the opening points of the game, the Knicks went on tear.

Tyson Chandler started it off with a dunk, and Anthony soon followed with a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched between Jason Kidd's 3-pointer and Chris Copeland's layup.

Iman Shumpert, in his season debut after recovering from knee surgery, nailed another 3-pointer soon after to complete the 16-0 run and put the Knicks in control.

"The Knicks got off to a great start," Bynum said. "We were kind of playing catch up from then on."

Trailing 56-41 at the half, the Pistons mounted a third-quarter comeback. They scored 10 straight points midway through the period amid a 16-2 run to cut the lead to 67-63.

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