Anthony’s relentlessness on the boards paid off. He twice stretched one-point leads with tip-ins of his own misses before Smith finally provided a bigger cushion. On one of the offensive rebounds, Anthony chipped one of Chandler’s teeth.
He attributed his strong play to being healthy again, after missing time this season with finger, ankle and knee injuries, and being motivated by the approaching playoffs.
‘‘It’s the end of the season, the last month. Everybody’s fighting for spots. The playoffs are right around the corner,’’ Anthony said. ‘‘This is the best basketball.’’
NOTES: The Knicks’ Kenyon Martin missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. ... New York’s 65 points matched the most given up by the Thunder in the first half this season. Denver had 65 in a 114-104 win at Oklahoma City on March 19. Houston’s 122 points were the previous high allowed by the Thunder. ... Chandler was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter when Nick Collison knocked the ball into his face in the process of fouling him and Chandler followed through to knock Collison to the floor. Collison left about 6 minutes later with a bloody nose from another play, after Anthony’s first tip-in.