Rapid Reaction: Knicks 98, Pelicans 91
February, 19, 2014
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
With uncertainty surrounding his team and the trade deadline approaching, Carmelo Anthony put the New York Knicks on his back late in the fourth quarter and lifted New York to a 98-91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony scored 13 straight points in the fourth quarter, including a 20-foot jumper that gave the Knicks a one-point lead with 3:08 to play.
Anthony finished with 42 points on 18-for-29 shooting. Wednesday was his third 40-point game of the season.
The rest of the Knicks' starters combined for 17 points. J.R. Smith added 19 -- 12 in the second quarter -- and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 off the bench for the Knicks, who withstood 28 points from Eric Gordon.
The Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 21-33. The win may have come at a great cost, though, as Iman Shumpert left the game with a sprained left knee.
Shumpert banged up: Shumpert's left knee sprain could potentially impact New York's ability to trade the third-year guard.
Shumpert suffered the knee injury in the third quarter of the Knicks-Pelicans game and did not return. He needed help from his teammates to walk off the court.
Shumpert injured the same knee that was surgically repaired in 2012 following an ACL tear.
With Shumpert performing inconsistently on offense and the Knicks desperate to land a point guard by the trade deadline, New York has talked to several teams, including the Nuggets and Clippers, about dealing the 2011 first-round pick.
The severity of Shumpert's injury is unclear at this point. The Knicks are off Thursday and will return to the court on Friday against the Magic.
Felton struggles: Raymond Felton, the other Knicks trade target, had a tough night shooting. He shot 1-for-8 from the field and scored five points in 33 minutes. He had eight assists and seven rebounds. The Knicks have been trying to upgrade at point guard by Thursday's deadline, so there is a chance that Felton has played his last game in a Knick uniform.
What's next: The Knicks will have Thursday off. They will return to action after the trade deadline on Friday, taking on the Magic in Orlando.
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