NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony gave fans his own reason to celebrate 40.
On the night the Knicks honored the 40th anniversary of their last championship team, Anthony finished with 41 points, tying a franchise record with this third straight 40-point game, and New York beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-83 for its 11th straight victory.
Anthony, who had 50 points and 40 in his previous two games, equaled Bernard King's 1984-85 mark. New York matched the third-longest winning streak in franchise history.
Anthony increased his scoring average to 28.3 points, right behind league leader Kevin Durant's 28.4 heading into their matchup Sunday at Oklahoma City.
"It's April, I guess. It's April. It's time to go," Anthony said.
J.R. Smith added 30 points for the Knicks, who used a huge third quarter to turn around the game after a lackluster first half on the night they saluted their 1972-73 NBA championship team with a ceremony at halftime.
"That's the last team here to win a championship and that's what we want to accomplish," said Tyson Chandler. "It's a brotherhood. We've got to get into that brotherhood. We want to follow in their footsteps."
Brandon Jennings scored 25 points for the Bucks and JJ Redick had 18.
After scoring just 36 points in the first half and trailing by nine, the Knicks poured in 42 in the third quarter, with Anthony scoring 18 and Jason Kidd ending the period with a 59-foot heave at the buzzer.
"That was a big third quarter for us," Kidd said. "Everything was going in. When you have the legends in the house, you want to play well."
Milwaukee led 57-48 after Jennings hit a jumper with 8:46 left in the third before the Knicks scored the next 16 points.
Anthony started the streak with a layup, free throw and short jumper. Smith followed with a 3-pointer and Anthony's long jumper with 6:25 to go gave New York a 58-57 lead, its first since late in the first quarter.
The streak continued with a 3-pointer from Smith and concluded with Anthony's 3-pointer with 4:47 left to put the Knicks ahead 64-57.
"When I first got to Denver, we were kind of a high-scoring duo," Smith said. "But other than that, this is definitely the best its felt, us jelling together."
The Bucks finally scored on Jennings' layup with 4:26 left, but Raymond Felton hit a 3-pointer and Smith followed with two more as the Knicks ran off to a 78-66 lead after three quarters.