By Max Jones
Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first game with the Knicks.
New York – Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first game with the Knicks and led his new team to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday.
Anthony shot 10-of-25 but scored 2 crucial baskets down the stretch to help New York win the game. The first was a dunk with 1:18 left in the game giving the Knicks a 106-100 lead while the other one was a jump shot with 26 seconds remaining for a 6-point cushion, 108-102.
Anthony was greeted by screaming fans as he entered the court and a video was played as a tribute for him. The fans inside the garden also had their ‘melo’ chants as they cheered Anthony in almost every possession. “I’m just glad I got this game out of my system,” Anthony said after the game.
Chauncey Billups, also a traded from the Denver Nuggets along with Anthony, also had a great night as he scored 21 points and dished out 8 assists in 33 minutes of play. Billups made all of his 12 free throw attempts.
John Salmons scored 27 points and Andrew Bogut added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who tried to spoil the welcome party of Carmelo Anthony at the Garden. It was a close game since the first quarter as the Bucks kept on making runs each time New York advances and even trailed by only 4 with 1 minute remaining until Anthony the clutch basket.
Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 5 rebounds but was in foul trouble in the 4th quarter and eventually fouled out with 1:01 remaining. Good thing for the Knicks they had Anthony who responded well making the clutch baskets to make his debut in New York a more memorable one.
Anthony and Billups arrived at New York Tuesday night and they were introduced at a press conference. The Knicks had very little time for practice before the game against the Bucks and only did a short workout Wednesday morning.