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Carmelo plays with 'heavy' legs

1/10/2012

Carmelo Anthony smiled a What do you think? smile when asked if he played hurt on Monday.

"No," he said.

His performance said otherwise.

Anthony missed four of his six shots in the fourth -- including two right around the rim -- but drew key fouls in the final minutes, hitting four of six free throws in the final 35 seconds to help seal the win.

He finished with 22 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

Minutes after the game, Anthony spoke with a team trainer, complaining of tired legs.

"I don't have the pop, the lift," he said.

Mike D'Antoni said Anthony was still feeling the effects of an injury to his right side suffered last Friday against Washington.

"I'm sure he doesn't have any legs and his back probably hurts and he's like everybody else in the league, he's a little tired right now," D'Antoni said. "He'll take a day to recover [Tuesday] and he'll be ready to go Wednesday [against Philadelphia]."

Also on the injury front, Mike Bibby was limited on Monday due to a knee injury he suffered on Saturday against Detroit. He played just six minutes against Charlotte but said he would be healthy enough to practice on Tuesday.

Toney Douglas has been bothered by his surgically repaired shoulder in recent days. He left the game in the fourth quarter and appeared to be clutching at it but said he was 'fine' after the game.

NO CONFIDENCE AT HOME? D'Antoni had an interesting answer when asked why the Knicks couldn't hold on to an 11-point third quarter lead against Charlotte on Monday.

"We're not a very confident team and, especially at home, we're not confident," D'Antoni said. "It's going to take a while to get through that, but wins do help. We've just to get guys to settle down and make shots."

The Knicks shot just 38 percent on Monday.

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