New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - It's over.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds as the New York Knicks snapped their franchise-record 16-game losing streak following a 99-92 victory over the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
The Pelicans trimmed a 15-point first half deficit to a point with under two minutes left when Tyreke Evans connected on a runner in the paint. Omer Asik was called for a foul with less than a second on the shot clock a bit later and with the time winding down again, Anthony found a wide open Jose Calderon in the right corner.
Calderon, who had been 1-of-9 at that point, nailed the 3-pointer to stake the Knicks to a 96-92 advantage with 32.7 seconds left.
Ryan Anderson was off on a right corner triple at the other end and Anthony sealed the outcome by making 3-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch.
Langston Galloway netted 21 points and Amare Stoudemire added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who hadn't won since Dec. 12 against the Boston Celtics.
"We didn't really talk about how many games we had lost," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. "We had to act as if we expected this at some point. Obviously we enjoy it ... it feels good to win."
They turned the ball over just four times.
New Orleans was not only without Davis for a third straight game due to a left toe sprain, Jrue Holiday also missed his third consecutive contest due to right ankle imflammation.
Evans finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Asik added 11 points and 17 boards for New Orleans, which has dropped five of its last eight games.
"They had a great game, they played well. They controlled the tempo," Anderson said of the Knicks.
New Orleans' early 5-4 edge was its last lead of the game, but the Knicks went on a 16-4 run to pull ahead. Anthony posted 10 points during the surge and a Lance Thomas hook shot gave the Knicks a 20-9 margin.
They were up 22-16 following a quarter of play and increased the spread to 53-38 after Galloway knocked down a pair of treys in the waning moments of the first half.
The Knicks took a 53-41 cushion into the break and 78-65 advantage into the fourth.
Evans concluded an 8-2 Pelicans spurt with a layup to whittle the gap to 91-88 with 3:13 to play.
The Knicks had lost the last nine games by an average of 19.2 points ... New Orleans has dropped seven of its last nine contests on the road ... The Pelicans held a 50-34 rebounding and 46-32 points in the paint advantage ... Jason Smith had 12 points and six assists for New York.