Anthony leads Knicks in last visit to New Jersey

By Brian Mahoney

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 8:05 p.m. MDT

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony gestures after scoring a 3-point shot in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Newark, N.J.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets 104-95 on Wednesday night in their last trip to New Jersey.

Continuing his torrid stretch without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, Anthony hit his first six shots in front of the usual pro-New York crowd that will become an all-New York crowd next season, when the Nets move to Brooklyn.

The Nets once hoped to have Anthony in the lineup when they got there and he is showing why lately, surpassing 30 points for the third straight game and the sixth time in nine games this month. He shot 11 of 21, going 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and finished slightly ahead of the NBA-best 32.1 points he was averaging in April.

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