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NBA's Knicks beat Hawks, Anthony has 31

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 Brian Mahony

Carmelo Anthony has matched his season high with 31 points as New York beat Atlanta 104-94 for their fourth straight NBA home victory.

Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led most of the way against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Anthony has never been a morning person, but he wanted to come out aggressively against the Hawks after the Knicks followed a loss on Thursday in Washington with a lengthy meeting featuring players, coaches and even team president Phil Jackson.

"Some nights like today calls for me to get it going early," Anthony said.

"My mindset was just to come out and get it going early."

Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds but point guard Dennis Schroder missed all eight shots as the Hawks dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

Howard bounced back nicely after he was ejected for a flagrant foul on Friday in the Hawks' 100-96 loss in Charlotte, while Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 19 points and Kyle Korver scored 17.

The Knicks played without starting centre Joakim Noah because of illness. Guards Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee both scored 14 points and Kyle O'Quinn, who replaced Noah, had eight points and eight rebounds.

The Knicks led by two with seven minutes left in the third quarter before Anthony's jumper started them on a 12-0 burst.

Willy Hernangomez's three-point play extended New York's lead to 65-51.

Atlanta never made a serious dent in the lead, as the Knicks repeatedly hit three-pointers every time it seemed the Hawks were building momentum.

Meanwhile, CJ McCollum scored 33 points in Portland's 129-109 win over Brooklyn.

Portland snapped a three-game losing streak and extended the Nets' skid to four.

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