- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had plenty of help against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks had four players score 20 or more points and defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.

Amare Stoudemire added 23 points to tie a season high, and Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 22 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row and fell just short of their season-high points total.

“I love nights like this,” Anthony said. “Four guys with 20-plus points. Sharing the ball. Making plays. Having fun out there. Taking the load off me. I love nights like that.”


Hardaway did most of his scoring in the fourth quarter, opening the period with a 3-pointer and making five of his eight shots, including three 3-pointers as the Knicks‘ six-point lead entering the final quarter grew to as many as 21.

Overall, he scored 13 in the final 12 minutes.

“I was just trying to get myself open,” Hardaway said. “I just came in today and I just started hitting my shots. Everyone was moving the ball and taking open shots. ‘Stat’ got us going. J.R. was getting going and then Pablo (Prigioni) and everybody started finding me, so I just wanted to get myself going.”

Stoudemire started his fifth straight game for the Knicks. He had come off the bench in all but one other game this season.

“It feels great, Stoudemire said. “I have been working extremely hard to get back to my normal self. My confidence is there. It never left.”

Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia, mired in its longest skid since the 1972-73 season.

“I am trying not to think about it,” Carter-Williams said. “We lose and we have to move on to the next one. People are writing about it and that’s fine, but we are going to stay focused as a team.”

Philadelphia did get off to a good start, taking a 29-17 lead on James Anderson’s 3-pointer with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

Smith scored 12 of his points in the opening quarter.

“We were just trying to chip away at it,” Smith said. “We’ve been in that situation numerous times this year, so we just tried to chip away at it and not hit any home-run plays.”

The Knicks did pull to within five at the end of the quarter and were even at 61 at halftime.

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