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Apparently, Carmelo Anthony is back. And with that, so are the New York Knicks.
Anthony followed Tuesday's career-high 50 points against the Miami Heat with 40 points on Wednesday in a 95-82 road win against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Knicks have now won 10 straight games—wait, even without Amare Stoudemire?!—and the team is sitting alone in the Eastern Conference's second spot.
Playing in the last nine games of the current streak, Anthony has averaged 31.4 points per game.
Obviously New York is moving in the right direction, but even an impressive double-digit win streak can be torn down a bit with some tough-love perspective.
The streak is just now taking on meaning, as it began with the then-awful Utah Jazz, and it continued with wins against the Orlando Magic and back-to-back wins against the Toronto Raptors.
Not exactly wins Mike Woodson hangs on his mom's fridge.
Of course, the last six games actually have included brag-worthy victories. Other than the Charlotte Bobcats, the Knicks knocked off quality competition in the Boston Celtics (twice), Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and now the Hawks.