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Thursday / January 18.
  • Anthony, Thunder survive triple-OT thriller against Sixers, head to New York for Melo’s return

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    Carmelo Anthony will return to New York on Saturday off a win, but he and his teammates won’t exactly be fresh.

    Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder went to triple-overtime Friday night before prevailing over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-117, in a thriller in the City of Brotherly Love.

    Anthony went for 24 points and 7 rebounds but played 47 minutes in the game.

    Russell Westbrook went for a triple-double of 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists in 51 minutes of play. Paul George scored 24 points in 45 minutes and former Knick Raymond Felton scored 14.

    Joel Embiid did it all for the Sixers, finishing with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while also getting into it with Anthony after scoring over him during the second half.

    Ben Simmons had 12 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds for the Sixers, while J.J. Reddick scored 19 points and Dario Saric added 16.

    On Saturday night, Anthony will make his first appearance at the Garden since being traded in September for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick.

    “I’m excited to go back and play in the Garden,” Anthony told Oklahoma City reporters Wednesday, via Newsday. “Play in front of those fans. Play in front of my family, my friends. But at the end of the day, it’s business to me. But I’d be lying if I said I’m not ecstatic to be going back and playing there.

    “I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It’s a little bit special for me.”

    Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for the game after suffering a knee injury in Thursday’s win at Brooklyn. The Knicks are also without Tim Hardaway Jr., (stress fracture) the team’s second-leading scorer.

    Porzingis said he believes Knicks fans should cheer Anthony upon his return.

    “I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don’t see why they would not receive him with love,” Porzingis said Thursday via ESPN.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.