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Anthony's hot hand keeps Knicks in 7th

NEWARK, N.J. -- Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets, 104-95, on Wednesday in their last trip to New Jersey.

Continuing his torrid stretch without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, Anthony hit his first six shots. The Nets will move to Brooklyn next season.

Anthony surpassed 30 points for the third straight game and the sixth time in nine games this month. He shot 11 of 21, going 5 of 7 on three-pointers, and finished slightly ahead of the NBA-best 32.1 points he was averaging in April.

The Knicks, who won for the 15th time in 20 games under interim coach Mike Woodson, remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Philadelphia 76ers remained a game behind as Jrue Holiday made five three-pointers and scored 19 of his 24 points in the third quarter in a 103-87 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Milwaukee Bucks suffered a crucial 121-112 defeat to the Washington Wizards, falling 2 1/2 games behind Philly.

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