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Anthony Nets 22 in Knicks’ 98-89 Win Over Wizards

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Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots against Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks during the pre-season game at the Baltimore Arena on October 17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots against Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks during the pre-season game at the Baltimore Arena on October 17, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE — Carmelo Anthony had 22 points in the first game he’s played in his hometown to lead the New York Knicks to a 98-89 preseason win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

Bradley Beal had 21 to lead Washington, which is 1-3 in the preseason.

The Knicks (2-2) outscored the Wizards 12-2 in the first seven minutes of the second on their way to a 30-16 quarter. They led 59-46 at halftime.

Washington began the third quarter with a 16-2 run to take a 62-61 lead with seven minutes to play, but New York answered with a 17-6 spurt to lead 78-68 after three.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 12,376 to Baltimore Arena, where the Bullets played for 10 years before moving to Landover, Md. in 1973. They became the Wizards in 1997.

Many in the crowd were there to see Anthony, whose ties to the city where he was raised were remembered by the fans who cheered lustily for him.

Before the game, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he knew it would be big night for Anthony and planned to play him 20-25 minutes. He played 29.

New York guard Iman Shumpert sprained his right elbow late in the first quarter when he got tangled up with Beal.

Nene, who stayed behind in Brazil after Washington’s game in Rio De Janeiro, did not play for the second straight game.

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