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It was another near-cinematic setting for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks: Big deficit. Again. An even bigger night from Anthony. Again. And he was returning from injury. Again.

Plus, after carrying the Knicks all game with a season-high-tying 45-point detonation — 19 of them in the fourth quarter — in his return from a two-game absence due to a hyperextended left knee, Anthony had a 3-point shot lined up to tie the game against the Trail Blazers with 15.9 seconds remaining. You can't make this stuff up.

Twice in the final minute, Anthony had cut six-point deficits to three. He did it with 57.1 seconds left with a 3-pointer and with 29.3 seconds left with a three-point play. But his 26-foot shot to tie bounded off to the left and the Knicks were forced to foul.

"I'll take that any time," Anthony said. "I was trying to get a quick one. If I make that shot, which I know I can, we tie the game up. If I don't, we still get a chance to get the offensive rebound."

Anthony showed little sign of the injury he suffered Christmas Day, but it wasn't enough as Portland won, 105-100.

"I felt pretty good for the most part," said Anthony, whose return was somewhat overshadowed by the season debut of Amar'e Stoudemire. "I didn't expect to do some of the things I was able to do out there."