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Anthony has 27, Knicks beat Bucks in his NY debut

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 23 2011 8:33 p.m. MST

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench during the first half of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in New York.  (Kathy Willens, Associated Press) New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench during the first half of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in New York. (Kathy Willens, Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 10 rebounds, hitting a pair of clutch buckets down the stretch as the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 on Wednesday night in his Knicks debut.

Anthony made only 10 of 25 shots but was at his best in the closing minutes, helping New York hold on after fellow superstar Amare Stoudemire fouled out.

Chauncey Billups, who came with Anthony from Denver in Tuesday's blockbuster trade, finished with 21 points and eight assists as the Knicks won their third straight. Toney Douglas scored 23 points and Stoudemire had 19.

John Salmons scored 27 points for the Bucks.

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