The New York Knicks used a big first half to outlast the New Orleans Pelicans 99-92 on Monday in Madison Square Garden for their first home win since knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers 91-83 on November 22, 2014. The win snapped a 16-game losing streak for the Knicks, dating back to a road win over the Boston Celtics in mid December.
Carmelo Anthony and Langston Galloway led the offensive attack in the win as the Knicks improved to 6-36 on the season. Anthony finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals while Galloway registered a career-high 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor. He added five rebounds and three assists in first career start. New York also got solid play out of Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Smith in the victory. Stoudemire totaled 14 points and six rebounds while Smith put up 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Tim Hardaway Jr., chipped in with 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting from beyond the arc.
The starting back court of Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon did most of the damage offensively for the Pelicans who were without the services of Anthony Davis for the third straight game. Evans managed 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Gordon had 20 points and five assists. Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca owned the offensive glass with six boards apiece, but in wasn’t enough on a cold shooting night for New Orleans. Asik ended up with 11 points and 17 rebounds while Ajinca added eight points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Anderson chipped in with 11 points, but made just 4 of 17 shots from the floor, including 3 of 13 from the 3-point line.
Jimmer Fredette played just 10:10 in the first three quarters of the loss as Monty Williams turned to Nate Wolters in the fourth. Fredette did play well in his limited action with six points on 3 of 5 shooting from the floor to go along with two rebounds and two assists. He scored all three of his baskets in the second quarter, including a pair of nice finishes in the paint and a deep jumper.
Up next for Fredette and the Pelicans is a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.