It wasn't exactly the return that Carmelo Anthony was hoping for.  He only puts up 11 points in the Knicks 100-92 loss to New Jersey on Monday night.

The New York Knicks have been a national phenomenon as of late.  Jeremy Lin had been leading the way, but the question that kept coming up was "Can Lin and Carmelo Anthony coexist?"  The answer is yes, but it will take time for them to get use to each other.  Last night was proof of that.  The Knicks were beat by the Nets 100-92, and Melo was very much off his game.

Deron Williams had a huge game for New Jersey, with 38 points.  21 points for Jeremy Lin, he also tossed 9 assists.  Carmelo only saw 4 of his 11 shots go down for 11 points.  Amare Stoudemire had 17 in the loss.

The Knicks will need to find the formula that fits quickly, because they will face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday and the very dangerous Miami Heat on Thursday.

[ESPN]