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Carmelo Anthony plays point with Pablo Prigioni hurt

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks drives to basket

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks drives to basket on Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez of the Nets. (Jan. 21, 2013) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Carmelo Anthony was forced to play some point guard in the second half Monday, and he hopes it won't happen often.

The Knicks already are missing Raymond Felton because of a hand injury, and Pablo Prigioni hurt his left foot in the third quarter of their 88-85 loss to the Nets.

Anthony made some nice passes and had seven assists, including two that led to dunks by Amar'e Stoudemire. But Anthony said doing the playmaking affected him -- he was 0-for-6 in the fourth -- and the Knicks.

"You're kind of taking Jason Kidd off the ball, putting me at the point," Anthony said. "Guys are not used to that. We had to adjust on the fly, had to adjust accordingly to the game.

"We'll be glad when Raymond comes back. It's games like this we have to adjust, and today for the most part, I had to run the point, try to make things happen, try to get things going for myself along with everybody else. That can be tiring at times."

Prigioni said he felt as if he couldn't walk after running into Kris Humphries. "After time, the pain started to go down," he said. "Now it's better. Nothing broke, I think."

The Knicks hope he is well enough to play Thursday in Boston. Felton hopes to return Saturday in Philadelphia but hasn't been cleared for contact yet.


Remembering King

Mike Woodson reflected on the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and what he meant to not only African-Americans but everyone.

"I was 10 years old when he was assassinated," Woodson said. "I didn't understand the dynamics at that time. I think he was fighting for all people, not just African-American people, freedom, the rights to grow as a human being. He lost his life for that. I don't know too many people who would sacrifice their life to do something like that. That's someone special, probably why I'm in the position I'm in now."


The Knicks are 18-9 in Martin Luther King Jr. Day games and 18-8 at home . . . Stoudemire provided lunch for about 600 MSG employees and met with some of them . . . Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was at the game . . . The Nets had 19 turnovers to the Knicks' five but shot 12-for-24 from outside the arc and outrebounded the Knicks 52-37.

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