Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and seven rebounds in his return to his old stomping grounds. Anthony played 27 minutes, and not just because he was back at the school he led to the 2003 NCAA title. Coach Derek Fisher said before the game it was time to "ramp up."
Fisher also said before the game the Knicks would need to "hang their hat" on defense until they become more comfortable with the triangle offense. The offense was a little better than Monday against Toronto. Jason Smith (14 points) Iman Shumpert (13) and Tim Hardaway (12) were the other Knicks in double figures.
The Knicks led 45-29 at the half.
Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) sat out again; Fisher said he hopes have him back in the lineup next Monday against Milwaukee.
What's Next: The Knicks have six days off to master "mindfulness" before hosting Milwaukee next Monday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.).