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Bucks serve as backdrops to Anthony, Knicks

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Associated Press
February 24, 2011
— Carmelo Anthony’s debut on the big stage was a huge hit.

Anthony had 27 points and 10 rebounds, hitting a pair of clutch buckets down the stretch in front of a crowd that cheered his every move as New York beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 on Wednesday night in his Knicks debut.


Anthony made only 10 of 25 shots but was at his best in the closing minutes, helping New York hold on after fellow superstar Amare Stoudemire fouled out. He matched the third-highest scoring game in a Knicks debut since 1964, just two points shy of Keith Van Horn’s 29 on Oct. 29, 2003.


“I’m just glad I got this game out of my system,” Anthony said, adding the last two days were both “hectic” and a “roller coaster.”


Chauncey Billups, who came with Anthony from Denver in Tuesday’s blockbuster trade, finished with 21 points and eight assists as the Knicks won their third straight.


John Salmons scored 27 points for the Bucks.


Milwaukee was down four when Anthony drove the baseline for a dunk with 1:18 remaining, and his tough bucket in the lane with the shot clock running down with 26 seconds left made it 108-102.


He added two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining, fans chanting “Melo! Melo!” as he sank them for a six-point edge. Billups was serenaded with a “Chauncey Billups!” chant he later went to the line.


Milwaukee cut an 11-point Knick lead to 59-57 at halftime and grabbed the lead early in the third quarter. The Knicks took an 86-79 lead into the final quarter.


NEW YORK 114, MILWAUKEE 108

Milwaukee (108)—Delfino 5-14 1-2 14, Mbah a Moute 1-5 5-6 7, Bogut 5-12 4-6 14, Jennings 4-11 2-2 12, Salmons 7-14 11-13 27, Ilyasova 4-7 0-0 8, Dooling 5-10 0-1 13, Maggette 5-9 2-2 13, Brockman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 25-32 108.


New York (114)—Anthony 10-25 6-7 27, Stoudemire 6-13 7-7 19, Turiaf 3-3 0-0 6, Billups 4-12 12-12 21, Fields 3-6 0-0 7, Sha.Williams 3-5 1-2 8, Douglas 10-12 0-0 23, Walker 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 40-80 26-28 114.


Milwaukee 24 33 22 29—108


New York 33 26 27 28—114


Three-point goals—Milwaukee 11-23 (Dooling 3-6, Delfino 3-7, Salmons 2-3, Jennings 2-4, Maggette 1-2, Ilyasova 0-1), New York 8-22 (Douglas 3-5, Anthony 1-2, Walker 1-3, Sha.Williams 1-3, Fields 1-3, Billups 1-6). Fouled Out—Salmons, Stoudemire. Rebounds—Milwaukee 46 (Bogut 12), New York 49 (Anthony 10). Assists—Milwaukee 18 (Salmons 7), New York 20 (Billups 8). Total Fouls—Milwaukee 25, New York 26. Technicals—Stoudemire.


Attendance—19,763


With the building appearing completely full before tipoff, fans roared as quotes from Anthony appeared on the overhead videoboard before introductions, noting he was born in Brooklyn and wanted to be former Knicks star Bernard King.


Anthony was then introduced first to a raucous ovation.


, and quickly earned his first points as a Knick on an offensive rebound with 9:37 left in the first quarter.


“I never experienced anything like that before,” Anthony said. “That was a hell of a moment for the fans to react the way they did.”



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