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Melo's magic words, big night lift Knicks

Anthony declares 'must-win,' then wills team to victory with 39 points against Orlando

Updated: March 31, 2011, 9:39 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony eased his way into the game rather than lunged into it. But after the way he had talked at the New York Knicks' shootaround earlier in the day about this being a "must-win," Anthony had no choice but to finally bear down -- then deliver.

And what he finally unspooled in the second half and overtime Monday against the shorthanded Orlando Magic was not the sort of night that should leave anyone thinking the Knicks had re-established themselves as a team without ...

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