New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 29 points and a season-high eight assists to key a 108-81 New York Knicks rout of the Utah Jazz from Madison Square Garden.
Twelve different Knicks scored in this one, with J.R. Smith hitting five 3- pointers en route to 17 points and Tyson Chandler posting 16 points with a game-high 11 rebounds. The Knicks have won two in a row on the heels of a seven-game skid.
"Right now we have to try and win as many basketball games as possible to make it to the playoffs," said Chandler. "My job as a leader is to do whatever it takes to win basketball games."
Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks netted 18 points apiece for the Jazz, who have lost five in a row. Richard Jefferson added 12 in the setback.
It was 5-5 early on when Anthony netted seven points during an 11-3 New York surge. Amar'e Stoudemire capped the burst with a jam at 6:46.
The Knicks shot a blistering 70 percent -- including 6-of-10 from 3-point range -- in the opening 12 minutes and led 39-22 after Anthony hit a triple just seconds before the buzzer.
"You can't ease your way into a game," said Jefferson. "You have to come out with energy and with a ferocity."
Utah never threatened in this one, trailing by at least 10 points the rest of the way.
Just 4:14 into the second quarter, Jefferson's 3-ball cut New York's advantage to 43-33. Utah's next three possessions featured two missed field goals and a turnover, while Smith's triple highlighted a 9-0 run at the other end.
The Knicks led 60-41 at halftime and 84-60 after three before emptying the bench.
New York outscored Utah 21-6 in transition ... Utah won the rebounding margin 47-35 but shot just 6-of-27 from the arc ... Jazz center Enes Kanter finished with nine points and nine rebounds ... The Jazz turned the ball over 19 times while forcing just seven NY miscues.
03/08 00:44:27 ET
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