Carmelo Anthony returned to the New York Knicks lineup just in time to face the only other NBA team he's ever played for, and his Knicks needed every one of his 34 points to knock off the visiting Denver Nuggets by a score of 112-106 Sunday night.
Melo shrugged off a slow start before closing out the game in true superstar fashion. His 11 fourth-quarter points keyed a cold-shooting Knicks team, pushing them to a 10-point fourth-quarter advantage that swung the game.
Anthony got plenty of gritty help from Tyson Chandler, who finished with 15 points and 12 boards, but the rest of the team's key contributors struggled mightily in the scoring department.
The excitement of the return of the Knicks star has to be tempered with the reality that New York managed to steal a game in which it allowed the Nuggets to shoot over 55 percent from the field. After a terrific start to the season, the Knicks defense is starting to come back to earth.
Denver got plenty of easy transition buckets, and the Knicks only managed to walk out of Madison Square Garden with a victory because of Anthony's brilliance and their continued hot three-point shooting.
Now that everyone in New York has had a chance to exhale and enjoy a hard-fought Knicks win, let's get to the good stuff. Here are the grades for every key Knick.