It was a surprisingly easy victory during a difficult season for the Knicks, who figured they would be competing for championships by now when they paid a heavy price to acquire Anthony from the Nuggets three years ago this month. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in three quarters, then watched from the bench as the New York Knicks ran away from his old team in the fourth for a 117-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. J.R. Former Knicks forward Wilson Chandler had 24. Tyler had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Knicks shot 56.5 percent from the field, one of their best performances of the season. Amare Stoudemire finished with 17 points for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Instead, they are only 20-30, currently outside the playoff picture and giving Denver hope that the first-round pick the Knicks still owe them this summer from that Anthony deal could be in the lottery. Smith added 10 of his 13 points in the fourth.