Carmelo Anthony returned just in time for another marquee matchup. The New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets in the third installment of the battle of the boroughs, and Anthony returned to help power the Knicks to victory.
Anthony had been sidelined for the Knicks' previous two games with a sprained ankle. However, he returned and was his old self last night against the Nets. Anthony scored 31 points and helped the Knicks establish themselves as the best team in New York City.
"At the end of the day, these are statement games, these are big games, divisional games," Anthony said. "They're right across the bridge, so these games definitely mean a lot."The ankle injury was Anthony's second injury that kept him out of games this season. He suffered a lacerated finger that required stitches a couple weeks ago. He missed two games as a result of that injury as well.
Despite the four games Anthony has missed this season, the Knicks continue to win. In games that Anthony has sat, the team is 2-2, but overall they are 19-6 with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Anthony has had a big role in New York's turnaround.
Melo is averaging 28.0 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. He is the leading scorer in the Eastern Conference, and he is the second leading scorer in the NBA. Kobe Bryant has averaged 29.5 points per game so far this year. With Anthony healthy, the Knicks look like a true title contender.