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Melo back at Syracuse but 76ers still beat Knicks 98-90

SYRACUSE, New York -- Carmelo Anthony winced at the thought.

“My streak is over,” he lamented.

Jason Richardson made a three-point play and hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the New York Knicks 98-90 on Monday night in an exhibition game in the Carrier Dome, spoiling Anthony's return to his college roots.

It was an outcome Anthony was unaccustomed to in the Carrier Dome. As a freshman at Syracuse in the 2002-03 season, he led the Orange to a 17-0 record at home in the dome en route to the national championship, then left for the NBA.

“It's just great to be back in this building once again, knowing how many memories that I have,” Anthony said. “A lot of fans supported me tonight. It was a fun game. At this point, it's not about the wins and losses. It's about what we take from the game, just getting better.”

Anthony and Raymond Felton each finished with 23 points for the Knicks (2-3). Anthony also had six rebounds, five assists and four steals in nearly 35 minutes. Felton was 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and Chris Copeland added 15 points.

Richardson had 23 points and Thaddeus Young 22 for Philadelphia (6-1).

Philadelphia led by as many as 24 on Young's floater in the lane early in the third period before the Knicks came alive from beyond the arc. Felton hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Anthony and Jason Kidd each chipped in with one to narrow the lead to 74-65.

Anthony's stepback 3 in the final minute of the period made it 76-72 entering the fourth, and it could have been more. Fouled on the shot by Damien Wilkins, Anthony missed the free throw and an ensuing 3 after Steve Novak corralled the rebound. Novak snared the rebound of Anthony's miss and also misfired from beyond the arc before the buzzer.

“The third quarter we came out, got ourselves together,” Anthony said. “We played with some energy, ran our offense, played some defense, got up and down the court, played well. When we play like that, you saw how good of a team we can be.”

New York pulled within a basket three times before Richardson gave the Sixers some breathing room.

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