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Only injury could stop Melo vs. L.A.

Anthony was soaring vs. Mike D'Antoni's team -- until he dropped from the sky

Updated: December 14, 2012, 10:14 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony took a mid-air hit from Dwight Howard in the middle of the third quarter, and suddenly Willy Loman himself, Mike D'Antoni, looked like the luckiest salesman in the house.

Anthony crash-landed on his left leg, and the alarming thud could be heard in the highest reaches of the Garden. He was down and soon to be out, lost for the final 18-plus minutes with a sprained ankle, giving D'Antoni's Los Angeles Lakers a reason to believe they wouldn't be completely ...

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