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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Melo, STAT sizzle for Knicks

By Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- If you just started watching the Knicks eight games ago, you'd never know that Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire struggled to play with one another.

Anthony and Stoudemire put together another strong game on Wednesday night, combing for 55 points on 20-for-38 shooting.

The rest of the Knicks shot just 12 for 44.

"I think this stretch has been the best they've played together," J.R. Smith said of Stoudemire and Anthony. "They're playing extremely well, feeding off one another, taking turns, which is hard to guard because you've got a guy going inside outside, pick and pop. It's tough to defend because you can't take one thing away."

Anthony had 34 on 12 for 23 shooting and Stoudemire added 21. He's scored 16.9 points per game since entering the starting lineup eight games ago.

"We’ve been feeding off of that. You can see at times we’re going at him. We’re riding that horse," Anthony said. "It’s great to see him back playing at the level he’s playing."

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Anthony was 8-for-14 with 19 points when defended by Indy's Paul George. He averaged 13.2 points on 34 percent shooting against George in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.

Anthony also finished with five assists. The Knicks are 17-7 when Anthony has four or more assists in a game.

Going streaking: The Knicks are the first team to win seven straight games immediately following a seven-game losing streak since the 2003-2004 Golden State Warriors.

Only two other teams have done that in the last 30 seasons -- the 1988-1989 Seattle SuperSonics and the 1992-1993 Houston Rockets.

During the streak, the Knicks are averaging 111.3 points on 49 percent shooting. They're hitting 41 percent from beyond the arc.

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