(3-11) - (8-6)
Venue TV TIME Pepsi Center, Denver, CO MSG 9:00 PM EST
New York Knicks
Denver Nuggets Tyson Chandler - Non-Displaced Fracture of the Right Fibula (OUT) Danilo Gallinari - Left knee ACL Tear (OUT) Javale McGee - Left Tibia Stress Fracture (OUT)
Today in Knicks history
November 29, 1989 Patrick Ewing scores 44 points and grabs 24 rebounds in 129-111 victory at Golden State.
March 13, 2013 New York was defeated by the Denver Nuggets 117-94 at Pepsi Arena in Carmelo Anthony’s return to his former team. New York was led by Iman Shumperts 20 points. J.R. Smith added 15 points and James White posted 10 points. Denver was led by former Knick Wilson Chandler’s 24 points on 9-12 shooting. Kenneth Faried recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds. Denver had six players in double figures. New York has lost its last two games by 20 or more points. December 9, 2012 New York, behind Carmelo Anthony’s strong performance against his former team, defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-106 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony posted 34 points and six rebounds in his earlier meeting against Denver Nuggets this season. Jason Kidd added 17 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in one battle with the Nuggets. Denver was led by Ty Lawson who recorded 23 points, six assists and four rebounds in one game against Knicks. Danilo Gallinari added 21 points and nine rebounds.
As awful as things have been going for Carmelo Anthony, he might feel even worse returning to the city he wanted to leave so he could join the New York Knicks.
Anthony is trying to avoid the longest losing streak of his career and his former team is among the hottest in the league going into Friday night's matchup with the Denver Nuggets.
It seems unlikely he'll get a warm reception from the crowd in Denver after his initial return there earlier this year included many fans jeering him throughout the game. Anthony tried to play through a knee injury but was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in the 117-94 loss March 13.
He left early in the third quarter, and fans would later derisively chant "Who needs Melo?" in front of a national television audience.
Although more than eight months have passed since that meeting, Denver fans likely haven't forgotten Anthony's trade demand that resulted in him being shipped to the Knicks during the 2010-11 season.
Now the six-time All-Star will try to put an end to his current misery, with New York (3-11) having dropped seven in a row for the first time since an eight-game losing streak Feb. 5-23, 2010.
"We are in a dark place, and we've got to get out of it," said Anthony, who has never been part of an eight-game skid in his 11-year career. "We have to pinpoint what the problems are and go from there."
While he's averaged 29.6 points during the seven-game slide, Anthony hasn't received much help on a regular basis from any teammate. New York has averaged 88.4 points and shot 41.3 percent over its last five games.
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