Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter and had a season-high eight assists, Tyson Chandler added 16 points and 11 rebounds and the New York Knicks routed the Utah Jazz, 108-81, for their first winning streak in over a month on Friday night.
This one was never close.
By the end of the first period, the Knicks led 39-22, those 39 points representing a season-high in any quarter for New York. They then took a 60-41 lead into halftime and added on in the second half.
The Knicks shot 49.4 percent from the floor and drained 12 three-pointers, shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. They also committed only seven turnovers.
The Jazz, on the other hand, shot 41.1 percent overall, went 6-of-27 from three and turned the rock over 19 times. New York scored 27 points off of those miscues.
Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks each had 18 points to lead Utah, which has lost five straight.
The Knicks did not even have to play their starters in the final period, as they had an 84-60 edge entering the fourth quarter.
These two teams will meet again at Utah on Mar. 31.