Leading Atlanta by one point, Marvin Williams dribbled past Stoudemire and seemingly had a clear path to the rim.
As Williams elevated for a two handed slam, Anthony jumped in front of him, redirecting his path to the rim. Williams twisted around Anthony only to have Stoudemire race into the picture and swat away the dunk attempt as the buzzer sounded.
The loss for the Hawks was sealed as Williams grabbed the rim, even if he sent the ball through the net, the clock expired to negate any potential points.
All 10 players on the court froze, seeing if a foul would be called. After a short conversation among the referees, the game was officially over and New York escaped with a 113-112 victory.
The play was one of the few defensive highlights in a contest featuring plenty of action from beyond the arc.
As Tyson Chandler sat out in attempt to rest his right knee before the start of the post season, Anthony and Stoudemire combined for 61 points and dominated when the Knicks needed it most.
For the third week in a row, Anthony shined on Sunday afternoon, posting 39 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Only in Atlanta, he was joined by Stoudemire.
Playing for just the second time since missing 13 straight games nursing a back injury, Stoudemire added 22 points and 12 rebounds to help New York maintain the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Without Stoudemire in the lineup, Anthony took over, scoring 28 or more points nine times as the Knicks posted a 9-4 record.
The victory showcased both players, only with Anthony maintaining his place as the offensive focal point in New York, taking a game-high 32 shot attempts.
The loss form Atlanta sliced its lead over the Celtics to one game for the fourth seed in the playoffs and home court advantage in the opening round.
The Highlight Factory in Atlanta produced plenty of exhilarating moments Sunday as every starter except for Stoudemire sank at least one attempt from three-point range.
Both teams scored 31 points in the first quarter, Atlanta scored 34 in the second and the Knicks responded with 34 in the third quarter and completely changed the pace of the game.
Jeff Teague scored 10 points in the third quarter but his physical play and constant chatter following each made shot engaged Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer in April, into in an individual battle.
The two had heated exchanges throughout the period, culminating in a verbal confrontation at the foul line following an and-one midway through the third quarter.
Atlanta started to pull away in the third, taking a 91-85 lead after a three-pointer from Williams with 2:27 remaining in the period.
From there, Anthony took over.
Continuing to dominate while lining up at power forward, Anthony scored six of the final eight points in the period for New York and assisted on J.R. Smith’s jumper during the stretch.
Stoudemire and Anthony excelled as the intensity increased.
The fourth quarter opened with New York featuring Stoudemire offensively and he responded by scoring team’s first six points in the period.
Teague entered the quarter with 23 points in the contest, but after missing a layup, he was isolated with Anthony at the top of the key and launched a three-pointer off the back of the rim.
Stoudemire grabbed the miss and Anthony raced to the rim for an easy layup.
The team with the lead changed four times in the final three minutes, but for anything the Hawks did, Anthony was able to counter.
A three-pointer from Joe Johnson with 1:50 left marked the final time Atlanta would lead the game, as Anthony launched a 23-footer, with a toe on the three-point line, to put the Knicks up for good.
New York has clinched a playoff berth but can finish between sixth an eighth depending on how Orlando and Philadelphia close the year.
The Magic must lose its final three games and New York has to defeat the Clippers and Bobcats to clinch the sixth seed.
New York owns the tie breaker against the 76ers.
During an especially chippy game in Atlanta, the Knicks proved they are ready for the post season, no matter what team they face.