Anthony scores 21, strong again in return from knee surgery as Knicks beat Wizards 115-104

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WASHINGTON — Carmelo Anthony continued his return from a knee operation with his second straight strong performance, scoring 21 points in 25 minutes as the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 115-104 on Friday night.

Anthony, who underwent left knee surgery in February, shot 10 of 15, including 4 of 5 in the second half. He made a pretty turnaround fade away from 18 feet with 1.9 seconds remaining in the first half.

In his first game since surgery, Anthony shot 8 of 10 for 17 points against Paschoalotto Bauru of Brazil.

Washington's Bradley Beal provided the most memorable shot of the evening with a driving dunk midway in the third quarter. Beal leaped, and the ball hit the Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis in his shoulder on the way down.

Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 Latvian taken fourth overall in the draft, had nine points and 10 rebounds.

New York's Derrick Williams had 23 points — 13 in the fourth quarter.

Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with 15.

OUBRE IN: Kelly Oubre Jr., Washington's first pick in the draft, played for the first time and did not score in 24 minutes. He missed all seven shots he attempted.

THEY'RE OUT: Knicks C/F Kevin Seraphin was out with a sore right knee. Coach Derek Fisher said he hoped Seraphin would be ready to play Monday night. G Arron Afflalo was out with a sore left hamstring.

The Wizards were missing G Garrett Temple (left hamstring), C/F DeJuan Blair (left knee), F Drew Gooden (glute), G/F Alan Anderson (left ankle), F Jared Dudley (back) and G/F Martell Webster (right hip).

SLOWDOWN?: Washington played at a much slower pace than they did in putting up 129 points against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

UP NEXT: New York hosts Philadelphia on Monday. Washington hosts Paschoalotto Bauru on Sunday night.

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