Carmelo returns to Denver

DENVER -- Carmelo Anthony's return to the Pepsi Center was a flop Wednesday night when Wilson Chandler scored 24 points and the Denver Nuggets blew out the ailing New York Knicks 117-94.

The Nuggets led by as many as 34 points on the way to winning their 10th straight game and 14th straight at home.

This one was such a laugher that their starters didn't play the fourth quarter.

Neither did Anthony, who left a couple of minutes into the second half when his balky right knee, which he acknowledged Tuesday isn't getting better, acted up. He scored just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.

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