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      === Anthony scores 40 as Knicks down Hawks for 10th straight win ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA (Sports  Network) - After matching his career-high with 50 points
 on Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony poured in 40 points to lead the New York Knicks to
 a 95-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
 
 Anthony  was 17-for-27  from the field, and has gone a combined 35-for-53 over
 his last two games.
 
 "As long as I just take my time and take advantage of what they gave
 me I can score," Anthony said. "(If) they are going to play me one-on-one I'll
 take advantage of that. If they double, we get shots. I just have to stay
 focused."
 
 J.R.  Smith added 19 points and Raymond Felton finished with 14 points for the
 Knicks,  who  have won 10  straight. With the win,  New York leads the Indiana
 Pacers by one-half game for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
 
 Kyle  Korver  poured in 25  points on 6-of-10  shooting from 3-point range and
 Jeff  Teague  added 15  points and  nine assists  for the  Hawks, who lead the
 Chicago Bulls by one-half game for the fifth spot in the East.
 
 "We played a very hot basketball team. Carmelo is playing at a very high level
 right now. He's shooting the ball extremely well," Hawks coach Larry Drew
 said. "I thought there were times that we did defend him well, but he still
 made shots."
 
 Anthony  was hot from  the get-go, knocking down five of his first eight shots
 to  help the  Knicks build 23-18 lead  after the first 12 minutes. He finished
 with 13 points for the quarter.
 
 Anthony  added 11  more in the second,  going 4-for-5 from the field. New York
 shot  50 percent from  the floor as a team in the quarter and led 47-40 at the
 break.
 
 Atlanta  managed to take its first lead since the first quarter with just over
 four  minutes to  go in the third  following a Teague layup and the teams went
 into the final frame knotted up at 68-68.
 
 The  Knicks clamped  down  defensively  in the  final  quarter, forcing  seven
 turnovers  over  the final 12  minutes which led  to 12 points. Anthony scored
 just four points in the quarter, but Felton and Smith finished with 10 apiece.
 
 The Hawks were held to just 14 points in the final stanza.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Knicks  will host  the Milwaukee Bucks  on Friday ...  New York scored 22
 points  off 16  Atlanta turnovers ... The Knicks shot 51.9 percent (40-for-77)
 from  the field ...  Josh Smith finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for
 the Hawks.
 
 
 
 04/04 00:15:02 ET

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