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               === Knicks try for consecutive wins, host Utah ===
 ( - Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks aim for back-to-
 back wins for the first time in more than a month when they host the Utah Jazz
 Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
 The  Knicks ended a seven-game losing streak with Wednesday's 118-106 wire-to-
 wire victory over Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the finale of a
 three-game  road trip.  Anthony,  the NBA's  second-leading  scorer with  28.1
 points,  recorded  33 on 14-of-27  shooting to go  with five rebounds and five
 Anthony  has been a  beacon for New York and is averaging 32.5 ppg in his last
 11  games. Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton had 18 points in the win, while
 Tyson  Chandler ended  with 15 and 14 rebounds. Chandler is posting an average
 of 15.4 boards and 10.7 points over the past nine games.
 "We  did a great  job with the tempo, we pushed the ball and made easy shots,"
 said Stoudemire. "And we also did a good job defensively."
 New York made 52.2 percent for the game and won for the third time in the last
 16  contests. It  last  prevailed  in back-to-back  games  during a  four-game
 winning streak from Jan. 24-30.
 The  Knicks, who  last won on Feb.  19 at New Orleans, will visit Cleveland on
 Utah  will resume a disappointing six-game trip (0-4) against the East and has
 lost  to  Cleveland, Indiana, Milwaukee  and Washington. In Wednesday's 104-91
 defeat  at the  hands of the Wizards,  Alec Burks had 19 points to lead Utah's
 bench and Trey Burke netted 14.
 Gordon  Hayward and Enes Kanter scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the
 Jazz, losers in seven of the last nine games. The Jazz are only 7-24 away from
 Salt Lake City and will close the trip Saturday in Philadelphia.
 "They  (Wizards)  had 23 points off  of 13 turnovers,  which is a lot and they
 were bad turnovers," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said.
 Utah's bench outscored the Wizards' reserves 45-22.
 The  Jazz are winless  in five straight road games and lost both meetings with
 New  York last season. They were blown out 113-84 in the previous visit to MSG
 last March 9 and have dropped three straight and eight of nine games there.
 New York is aiming for its fifth straight win overall in this series.
 03/07 10:24:57 ET

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