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Slammed inNew York Knicks’ J.R. Smith hangs on the rim after dunking in the second half.Photo: reuters
Slammed inNew York Knicks’ J.R. Smith hangs on the rim after dunking in the second half.Photo: reuters

The short-handed New York Knicks didn’t have their top scorer, Carmelo Anthony, but they did have the long ball working.

Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points and the Knicks knocked down 18-of-44 threes to shoot down the Miami Heat 112-92 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win in a mismatch of Eastern Conference leaders.

Although Anthony watched from the bench with a cut middle finger on his non-shooting left hand that required five stitches, the Knicks put together a total team effort and went long to make short work of the defending NBA Champions.

Steve Novak nailed four triples en route to 18 points and fellow-reserve J.R. Smith scored 13 with three from behind the arc for the Knicks (14-4), who moved 1.5 games ahead of the Heat atop the East standings.

Elsewhere, O.J. Mayo tossed in 23 points, including the tie-breaking jumper with 35 seconds left, and the visiting Dallas Mavericks sent the Phoenix Suns to their fifth consecutive defeat 97-94.DPA


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