Five takeaways: Knicks Make Strides, But Come Up Short In Toronto

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5. Melo In Midseason Form

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It took Carmelo just 25 minutes to fill the stat sheet with 24 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block. His offensive game is certainly in rhythm, a testament to how hard he's worked in the offseason and training camp.

Having Anthony already geared up for the season will allow Coach Woodson more time to focus on evaluating the players fighting for the final roster spots.

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