Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony poured in 37 points in his second game back from injury, with the All-Star's efforts enabling the New York Knicks to clinch a postseason berth following a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Two days upon returning to the lineup after sitting out six times in an eight- game span due to knee troubles, Anthony carried the Knicks to a third straight win that secured the current Atlantic Division leaders a spot in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs for a third consecutive season.
Anthony did get plenty of help from Kenyon Martin, who amassed 19 points on 9- of-10 shooting while pulling down 11 rebounds in just his 10th game in a New York uniform. J.R. Smith added 14 points in the triumph.
The Raptors suffered their third straight loss and 10th in 13 outings despite a career-best 35-point effort from Alan Anderson and 18 points out of DeMar DeRozan. Leading scorer Rudy Gay was held to just four points, however, while making good on a mere 2-of-7 field goal attempts.