Carmelo Anthony had to wait into November to land back with an NBA team, but on Tuesday night he took on the Knicks for the first time as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 35-year-old may have been playing with some extra adrenaline, as he struggled with his shot, particularly in the first half.
He was aggressive early, attacking the rim and finding space for his jumper, but he never got into an offensive groove in the first half, finishing the first 24 minutes with four points on just 1-of-6 shooting. He missed his only three-point attempt, but did get to the line four times, knocking down two.
He also turned the ball over three times in the first half.
The former Knicks forward had a better showing once the Blazers returned to the court after halftime. Anthony tacked on another 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including knocking down all three attempts he took in the half from beyond the arc.
Anthony exited the 115-87 blowout win with about eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with four rebounds.
Melo also showed some defensive prowess on the night, stealing the ball from the Knicks twice and blocking a shot as well.
The Blazers will visit Madison Square Garden on New Years Day 2020 for Melo's first game back in New York since he played for the Thunder in the 2017-2018 season.