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Carmelo Anthony, Trail Blazers get best of Knicks in revenge spot for veteran

Anthony didn’t go too crazy, but he did help the Blazers get an easy win over New York.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony drives to the basket against New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. in the second half at Moda Center. Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Trail Blazers SF Carmelo Anthony was the talk of Tuesday night, taking on his former team the New York Knicks. Melo helped Portland best New York easily at home, scoring 16 points en route to the win. It wasn’t the huge performance we all thought Anthony would have against his former team, but he really didn’t have to.

Damian Lillard took care of most of the heavy lifting, scoring 31 points with six assists on 8-of-12 shooting from long range. Melo just missed his point total over/under of 16.5, so if you had the narrative tonight, I’m sorry. I was wrong too, don’t worry. I also thought the Knicks wouldn’t just lay down and die like this, but man, they really struggled, letting the Blazers pull away in the second quarter and never look back.

Hassan Whiteside also had a decent night, scoring 17 points with 15 rebounds and two assists with five blocks for 49.75 DKFP. Dame finished right behind him with 45 DKFP on the night. Melo finished with 27 DKFP at $5,600, missing out on 5x value. Next up on the Melo reunion tour comes Thursday when the Blazers travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets.