Thursday, 24 February 2011


Denver Nuggets NBA player Carmelo Anthony arrives at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASKETBALL)

24. The 'Melodrama' started it's second season as Carmelo Anthony made his New York Knick debut last night. The MSG faithful loved it chanting "Me-lo, Me-lo," as Anthony iced the game with a dunk two free-throws with 11.4 to go. The Knicks beat the Bucks 114-108 at the Garden, despite Amar'e Stoudemire fouling out in the fourth. Still without STAT, 'Melo still stuffed the competition and the box-score with 27 points and 10 rebounds. "Just to get this 'W' tonight, that meant the world to me. That was a hell of a moment for the fans to react the way they did, to give me that ovation that they did," 'Melo told press about his Mecca moment at Madison. New Knick Chauncey Billups was also instrumental, hitting two free-throws and collaborating with former Nugget team-mate Anthony for New York's last 10 points. Anthony's wife told, LaLa Vasquez told press that when Carmelo was informed of the trade he told her, "Baby, we're going home," and what a homecoming it was.

48. Brandon Roy was Back in black, white and red for the Blazers but the Lakers beat them in black and white with a 106-101 win last night. After winning at home on November 7th, Los Angeles beat Portland on their trail. Kobe continued his latest Kobe like form with 37 points as the Lakers came back from 10 down to close out the Oregon team in overtime by two three's from Q.B.'s Lamar Odom and Ron Artest, a hook from Gasol and a clutch Kobe J that ended Portland's chorus. Despite LaMarcus Aldridge's 29 points and 14 rebounds the Trailblazers couldn't extend their hot, six game winning streak. At least their sell-out crowd saw their star back, as Brandon Roy received a standing 'O'. His coming back party was ruined by the Lake Show.

82. Joakim Noah's return to the Chicago Bulls was also ruined by formee team-mate James Johnson and his new side the Toronto Raptors. Johnson had 9, starting for the first time this season but Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan had 24 each and thanks to 17 dimes from Jose Calderon the Raptors dished the Bulls a 118-113 loss last night. "It's definitely not the result I wanted but we've just got to keep fighting," Joakim said after his teams win streak of four games was snapped. "We've got to come with a better edge." even 19 of Derrick Rose's 32 in the final innings couldn't stop Toronto from hitting this one out the park. Boozer also had 24 for the Bulls but the Raps had a more balanced attack as Amir Johnson had 17 points, Leandro Barbosa contributed 13 and Sonny Weems weened 12. Things may start taking a turn for the brighter in Toronto this Spring, whereas Chicago need to find their hope again.

O.T. Even without their star Tyreke Evans the Kings still triumphed over the Magic...without Deron Williams however the new look Jazz where blown out of town by the Mavericks...Tony Parker and the Spurs meanwhile put up their umbrellas to withstand the Thunder...Chase Buddinger caught a career night in a Houston win with 30 points...while in Philly, behind Holiday and Young the Sixers nicked last seasons win-total. With the NBA's vacatiion still months away, old problems in Philadelphia are history as the youth takes them further after the All-Star break. TIM DAVID HARVEY

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