The pregame storyline centered on Carmelo Anthony and his rumored trade, possibly to the Knicks. But if this was his "in game interview," and the Knicks signing off on a trade was based squarely on the first quarter of tonight's game, then they probably wouldn't make the deal.
Anthony shot a pedestrian 1-6 and ended the quarter with 3 points, though he did pull down five rebounds, continuing the rebounding dominance he established last night, when he pulled down a career-high 22 against the Phoenix Suns.
After a quarter, the leading scorer for the Nuggets was Nene, who put in seven points.
New York was paced in the first quarter by Landry Fields' 9 points. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 8 in the first frame.
The interesting stat of the quarter is the combined 0-12 the teams shot from 3-point land, with New York missing nine and the Nuggets clanking all three of their attempts.