Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Fans and players congratulate New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony Injures Ankle vs. Lakers


New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony got off to a spectacular start Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, but had to finish the game in the locker room after injuring his ankle.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The injury happened midway through the third quarter with the Knicks ahead, 77-61 as Anthony was driving to the lane and was hammered by Dwight Howard. He went down hard and landed awkwardly, as the Madison Square Garden crowd held their breath.

Anthony knocked down 1-of-2 free-throws but had to limp to the locker room after that.

Before being injured, Anthony had been sensational throughout the contest, scoring 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting in only 23 minutes of play.

The team is calling it an ankle sprain and Anthony’s status for Saturday’s game against Cleveland is up in the air right now.

Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson called Anthony day-to-day and general manager Glen Grunwald said he did not believe the injury was serious.

“It was a hard foul. I couldn’t catch my fall,” Anthony told ESPN’s Ian Begley. “It was an awkward fall. Right now I’m sore.”

With the Knicks playing well at 17-5, you can bet they will be very cautious with ‘Melo, not wanting to risk further injury to the MVP-candidate.

Anthony missed two games earlier this month with a laceration on his left middle finger that required five stitches.

The Knicks went 1-1 with Anthony out, beating Miami by 20 points and losing to Chicago, both on the road.

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