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Wednesday / July 8.
  • Carmelo Anthony will have to skip his warm-weather vacation to play in the All-Star Game.

    Anthony was named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Kevin Love in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

    Love, who was named an All-Star for the fourth time, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 14.  The Cavaliers have estimated that he will return to play in approximately six weeks.

    “All of this just happened,” Anthony told the New York Post in Oklahoma City where he scored 30 points as Knicks lost to the Thunder, 116-105. “Last thing I talked to my family was spending time and taking this break. I don’t want to make it a downer. I’ll enjoy the weekend.

    “Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an honor to be an All-Star, to represent our organization and New York City. I was looking forward to my break. It’s life. Things happen in life. You got to make decisions.’’

    NEWARK — Standing in the shadow of Seton Hall’s near-doomed season Khadeen Carrington delivered a superhuman performance.

    “Clark Kent,” Ismael Sanogo said about Carrington’s game after the Pirates’ 87-81 win over No. 20 Creighton at Prudential Center. “Every time we need a big bucket, he’s there.”

    Carrington delivered multiple big buckets Wednesday night, but the overall show he put on was so much more. The junior finished with a career-high 41 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Most importantly in a game decided by six points, Carrington turned the ball over just one time.

    “I love how efficient he was,” head coach Kevin Willard said of his lead guard. “Ten-for-fifteen, seven assists, one turnover, four steals. He made his free throws. He rebounded, he defended. That was the best game I’ve seen him play from an all-around standpoint.”