Iman Shumpert back in Knicks lineup

Updated: March 3, 2014, 12:38 AM ET
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Chicago Bulls following a five-game absence due to a knee injury.

Carmelo Anthony also played and started at power forward against Chicago.

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Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SportsIman Shumpert returned to the Knicks' lineup Sunday after missing five games with a knee injury.

Anthony suffered a right hand injury during Friday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, leaving his availability uncertain for Sunday's contest.

Shumpert's return to the lineup forced guard J.R. Smith back to the bench. The third-year guard has struggled to find consistency on offense for most of the season.

Shumpert enters play Sunday averaging 6.9 points on 37.7 percent shooting in 26.8 minutes per game.

Anthony leads the Knicks and is second in the NBA with 28.2 points per game.

New York (21-38) has lost five straight games and eight of its last nine. The Knicks entered play on Sunday six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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