Feb 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Anthony Randolph (15) guards New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks won the game 117-90. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets at Knicks final score: Carmelo Anthony leads New York in 117-90 blowout win over Denver

The New York Knicks haven’t had many “easy” victories this season, but on Friday night, they thumped the Denver Nuggets by a 27-point margin in Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in only 33 minutes of court time for the Knicks, and as a result of that outburst, he was able to rest for the duration of the 4th quarter as the Knicks cruised to a 117-90 win.

In support of Carmelo (who was fantastic throughout the night against his former team), the New York bench stepped up in a big way. Four members of the Knicks’ reserve corps scored in double-figures, and former high school standout Jeremy Tyler actually put up a 12-points, 11-rebound double-double in only 22 minutes. Amar’e Stoudemire had one of his better games of the year with 17 points and 8 rebounds, and even the much-maligned JR Smith had a nice night with 13 points in 24 minutes.

For the Nuggets, the road continues to be unkind. Denver’s road mark is now just 10-13 on the season, and while that isn’t as bad as it may seem, the Nuggets have flashed a propensity to succumb to blowout losses away from home this season. If there was a bright spot, it was yet another good night from Ty Lawson (24 points, 7 assists), but aside from his consistent excellence, it was an ugly showing.

The Knicks have a long way to go to climb out of the hole that their 20-30 record has placed them in, but Friday night did provide a small flash of what things could look like moving forward.

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