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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Halftime Report: Nuggets 64, Knicks 42

By Ian Begley

Carmelo Anthony's long-awaited return to Denver hasn't gone well for Anthony, or for the Knicks.

Here's a look at three things that went horribly wrong for the Knicks in the first half at the Pepsi Center.

THE SECOND QUARTER: The Knicks had one of their worst quarters of the season in the second.

They were outscored 33-16 and went more than eight minutes without a field goal.

Denver went on a 17-0 run and 21-1 run to take control.

The one point came courtesy of a Carmelo Anthony free throw.

Anthony made a couple of strong moves to the basket early on, an indication that his injured right knee may have been better than it was on Monday.

But his overall numbers in the first half were unimpressive.

He went 3-for-11 and missed all four attempts from beyond the arc. He finished the half with nine points.

CHANDLER HURT: The Knicks are already besieged by injuries to key players (Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire). They endured a scare late in the second quarter when Tyson Chandler appeared to hurt his left knee after a collision with Denver's Corey Brewer.

The Knicks can ill afford to lose Chandler, their defensive anchor.

He was helped off the floor by his teammates and did not appear to put weight on his leg.

Chandler has not missed a game this season.

SLOW THE PACE: The Knicks hoped to slow Denver down coming into the game but they couldn't accomplish that in the first half.

Denver took advantage of 11 Knicks turnovers to score 10 fast-break points. The Knicks had just two.

The Nuggets also outscored the Knicks 38-14 in the paint, many of which were courtesy of the fast pace they play.

Ex-Knicks Danilo Gallinari (14) and Wilson Chandler (13) led the way for the Nuggets.