Hardaway sets career high, ties team record

Tim Hardaway Jr. is making the Knicks front office look pretty smart these days.

Hardaway Jr., taken 24th in the 2013 draft by New York, scored a career-high 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting and tied a Knicks record with six 3-pointers against the Cavs.

“A helluva performance,” Mike Woodson said. “He was steady.”

Hardaway Jr.’s six 3s tied him with Nate Robinson and Toney Douglas for the Knicks rookie record for most in a game.

The rookie guard has scored in double figures in five of his past six games.

“It feels good but it all comes with hard work, dedication and listening to my veterans on the court,” he said.

The funny thing about Hardaway Jr.’s shooting is that many scouts questioned his outside shot coming out of Michigan. But the Knicks' scouts, including Walker Russell, clearly saw something else.

"I knew that if I could shoot the ball very, very well at the next level, then I should be able to help the team out," Hardaway Jr. said.

Making his mark: Carmelo Anthony had 29 points in 30 minutes against Cleveland. He reached the 19,000-point mark in his career. He’s the 50th player in NBA history to accomplish the feat.

Anthony had 18 in the first quarter to help the Knicks build a 17-point lead after one.

According to Elias, Anthony accomplished the feat in the sixth-fewest games of anyone who began their career after 1983.

More time for Tyler? Mike Woodson said Jeremy Tyler (eight points, six rebounds) will be a candidate to remain in the rotation even after Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Amar'e Stoudemire (ankle) return from injury.

“Absolutely. Because he’s given us some high-energy minutes, which is kind of nice. I can’t emphasize it enough,” Woodson said. ... Metta World Peace, a crowd favorite, had five points and six rebounds in 19 minutes.

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