This is who the Knicks thought Danilo Gallinari would be.

Returning to Madison Square Garden for the first time since February's trade to the Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, the former Knicks' first-round pick showed all that had once been envisioned of him, leading the Nuggets to a 119-114 double overtime win with a career-high 37 points and 11 rebounds.

"Gallo has a quiet confidence to him," Denver coach George Karl said. "I could actually tell he was looking forward to this game. I think he enjoyed playing here, and I think he was somewhat disappointed to be traded, but now it's time to move on and build his career in a positive way in being a Denver Nugget."