Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks scored 34 points in a 112-106 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets, his former team.
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony insists there is no grudge against the Denver Nuggets. He merely didn’t want his old team — or anyone else — walking into his current home and leaving with a victory.
Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points and the New York Knicks beat the Nuggets 112-106 Sunday to remain the league’s lone unbeaten team at home.
Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver cut New York’s lead to four points.
“I don’t have no hard feelings toward Denver. It was just one of them games that no matter how many runs we went on, they just wasn’t going anywhere,” Anthony said after the Knicks improved to 8-0 at Madison Square Garden.
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