NEW ORLEANS — A young fan ran on the court toward the end of Monday night’s game and hugged Carmelo Anthony.

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The Knicks were inbounding the ball and Anthony was near the foul line when a young boy ran down the stairs behind the basket to give Anthony a hug.

Anthony, who said he was “shocked,” patted the little boy on the head.

“That was the first time that that ever happened,” he said. “I was very surprised. I was shocked. I didn’t really know who it was until I actually looked over and saw it was a kid.”

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The boy ran off the court without any security and back up the steps to his mother.