'Melo sets Knicks record in win over Magic

Carmelo Anthony scored just enough on Wednesday to set a franchise record and help the Knicks to victory.

Anthony scored 20 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists as New York grinded out a 113-97 triumph over the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.

Posting his 30th straight game with at least 20 points, Anthony surpassed Richie Guerin for most consecutive performances in team history.

"Any record that you have a chance to go get, or break or tie, that's the fun part," said Anthony. "You have a chance to do something like that, tonight was a chance for me to break the record. It makes it fun out there."

Tyson Chandler added 21 points and seven rebounds, while Amare Stoudemire once again excelled in his bench role, scoring 14 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting. Raymond Felton added 15 points with nine assists in New York's third win in four games.

JJ Redick scored a game-high 29 points and Jameer Nelson posted 21, but the struggling Magic dropped their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.

"Its difficult, losing is not fun," said Redick. "Definitely wears on you, but there's worse things. You have to keep perspective and stay positive."

For the second straight game, Orlando was without its top scorer in Arron Afflalo, who sat with a strained calf. The Magic then lost forward Glen Davis early in the contest with a broken foot.

The Knicks and Magic were tied at the halfway point, but New York took a 79-73 edge into the fourth after posting a 16-10 advantage inside the paint during the third.

Chandler and Stoudemire feasted around the rim to help the Knicks pull away, as each had three consecutive scores before Pablo Prigioni buried a triple to create a 75-68 edge.

"Third quarter was great," Stoudemire said. "We played great defensively, we were able to get a good lead and also capitalize offensively.

The Knicks quickly went ahead by double-digits in the fourth and saw their advantage balloon to 16 points after J.R. Smith, Anthony, Felton and Steve Novak each buried a triple in succession.

Anthony surpassed Guerin for most consecutive 20-point games with his shot from beyond the arc during the 3-point barrage, after which the Magic never came any closer than 11 points.

Redick came out on fire, making his first six shots. Nelson also got off to a good start and the two combined for five 3-pointers and 36 of the Magic's points in the first half to help keep them tied with New York at 51-51 going into the break.

However, Orlando struggled from long distance in second half, shooting just 1- for-11 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, New York thrived from beyond the arc, making nine treys over the final two quarters -- including 7-for-12 in the final stanza.

Game Notes

The Knicks have won the first three matchups with the Magic this season, and the last contest between the teams will take place on Mar. 20th in New York ... Jason Kidd did not play for New York, sitting with an ailing back ... Anthony passed Bob Cousy for 80th place on the all-time scoring list ... The Magic have the worst record in the NBA since Dec. 21, posting a 2-18 record.