Anthony scores 27 in great Knicks debut

New Knick Carmelo Anthony was fabulous in his debut, scoring 27 points to lead his new squad.

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and added 10 rebounds in his New York Knicks debut, and was key down the stretch to lead his new team to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, 114-108. Playing to chants of “Melo, Melo” the whole game, Anthony seemed right at home, in his home state. He played at Syracuse University for one season and grew up in New York, expressing his desire the past season to return to the Big Apple. He got that wish Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets traded him to the Knicks. Fellow former Nugget Chauncey Billups had a strong game as well, putting up 21 points and 8 assists, even getting some love from the Knicks faithful, hearing chants of “Chaun-cey Bill-ups”. Amare Stoudemire scored 19, but fouled out in the fourth quarter. When the game came down to the final minutes, ‘Melo, in an unfamiliar #7, showed up. He ensured the Knicks’ 29th win, tying last season’s amount, when knocking down two clutch free throws with a little more than 10 seconds remaining. John Salmons was the bright spot for the Bucks, matching Anthony with 27 points, but was overshadowed by the spectacular show put on by Carmelo. The Knicks play again Friday at the new look Cleveland Cavaliers, who added Baron Davis to their team for Mo Williams.

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