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Carmelo Anthony suggests fast likely made him furious

Carmelo Anthony has words in the second half

Carmelo Anthony has words in the second half with Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 7, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Did Carmelo Anthony try to confront Kevin Garnett on Jan. 7 because he was cranky from not eating and not just because of derogatory remarks Garnett reportedly made about Anthony's wife?

A chuckling Anthony on Wednesday said "it could've" when he was asked about his recent fasting and whether it could have contributed to his dust-up with the Celtics star.

"It's no excuses," Anthony said, "but during that time I was de-energized and things like that. But I wouldn't use that as an excuse at this point."

Anthony lost his cool during and after the Knicks' 102-96 loss at the Garden. He headed to the Celtics' locker room after the final buzzer to confront Garnett. Anthony later waited by Boston's bus before police and security intervened. He was suspended one game by the NBA.

Anthony revealed on Jan. 13 that he was ending a 15-day "spiritual" fast because he was feeling weak on the court.

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