Short-Handed Knicks Roll
New York — J.R. Smith scored 24 points and the New York Knicks shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony and the shock of Amare Stoudemire needing more knee surgery to rout the slumping Utah Jazz, 113-84, last night.
The Knicks learned earlier yesterday that Stoudemire will have right knee surgery that will sideline him approximately six weeks. But they still have plenty of scoring off the bench, with Steve Novak adding a season-high 20 points.
Alec Burks scored 14 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 for the Jazz, who completed an 0-4 road trip that dropped them into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Utah played without starting forward Paul Millsap because of right knee inflammation.
The Knicks bounced back from a 95-94 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday to win for the sixth time in eight games, seizing control with an 18-2 run in the second quarter.
They played their third straight game without Anthony, their leading scorer who they said has a stiff and sore right knee. Coach Mike Woodson said Anthony remains day to day, so he could return during the Knicks’ five-game western trip that begins tomorrow at Golden State and includes a stop in Denver for what would be Anthony’s first game there since the Nuggets traded him to New York in February 2011.
Stoudemire will be gone much longer, just as he was playing well.
Nets 93, Hawks 80
Atlanta — Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points, Deron Williams added 17 and the Nets won their third straight game.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who seemed lethargic after losing in overtime at Boston on Friday. Atlanta has lost two straight and five of six.
Brooklyn had a better performance coming off its 17-point home victory over Washington on Friday in which Williams set the NBA record with nine 3-pointers in a half and scored a season-high 42 points.
Lopez, who finished with nine rebounds, scored 14 points in the third, including a runner that gave Brooklyn its first 20-point lead.