Knick stars lead in rout of Jazz

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Knicks guard Anthony Carter pokes the ball away from Utah's Paul Millsap. Carmelo Anthony had 34 points for New York.

NEW YORK --- Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Amare Stoudemire added 31, and the New York Knicks showed how dangerous they can be when their superstars are rolling, beating the Utah Jazz 131-109 on Monday night.


Anthony and Stoudemire combined to make 24 of 31 shots, then were on the bench for the entire final period. Stoudemire left long before the third quarter even ended, shooting 12-of-15 in just 24 minutes, and Anthony soon joined him after his first 30-point game with the Knicks.

Toney Douglas had 20 points in a strong start in place of the injured Chauncey Billups as the Knicks moved a game ahead of Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Al Jefferson scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Jazz.


In Charlotte, N.C., Blake Griffin had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Los Angeles won a matchup of teams missing their leading scorers.

With Eric Gordon sidelined again with more wrist problems, the Clippers got 17 points from Mo Williams, and 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench from Chris Kaman in their third victory in a row.

Charlotte fell to 1-5 since trading Gerald Wallace and lost their second in a row since Stephen Jackson was sidelined with a strained hamstring.

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points and Boris Diaw added 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Bobcats, who have dropped a season-high five in a row.


In Orlando, Fla., LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Andre Miller added 15 and Portland held on to beat Orlando, which was without the suspended Dwight Howard.

Portland won its third in a row and 10th in 13 games. The Blazers also swept the two-game season series with Orlando.

Marcus Camby was held scoreless but had 10 rebounds to help the Blazers fend off a late rally by the Magic.

Orlando lost its second game in a row and dropped to 1-2 this season without Howard, who sat out while serving a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul Friday.

Jason Richardson led Orlando with 22 points, followed by 13 apiece from Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu.