Teams in brawl moving on

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. --- It was a scene nobody in the NBA wanted to witness. And according to Eddy Curry, he didn't.

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was suspended for 15 games for fighting during a game last year.  AP / File
AP / File
Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was suspended for 15 games for fighting during a game last year.

"I was on the bench with my eyes closed," the Knicks center joked Monday. "I didn't see nothing."

Here's some of what he missed: Players fighting among the fans. Carmelo Anthony, then the league's leading scorer, dropping the Knicks' Mardy Collins with a punch that cost him a 15-game suspension.

That all happened last Dec. 16 in the closing minutes of the Denver Nuggets' most recent trip to New York. The teams meet today for the first time since, and both say they've moved on and prefer not to look back -- particularly the Knicks, who have had plenty of other embarrassment to endure since.

"I'm pretty sure they did (move on)," Anthony said Sunday in Denver. "They've got enough stuff going on up there to be worrying about what happened 11 months ago."

The Nuggets still had four starters on the floor with 1:15 left in their 123-100 victory, which angered the Knicks. Coach Isiah Thomas said he told Anthony there was no reason for he or Marcus Camby to still be in the game, and Thomas warned Anthony not to go to the basket -- though he said it was advice on sportsmanship, not a threat.

Ten players were ejected after the brawl, seven were suspended, and relations between Thomas and Denver coach George Karl -- already strained after the Knicks fired Karl's friend, Larry Brown -- worsened after they criticized each other through the media.

Some of the brawlers may be out today. Jared New York's Jeffries is sidelined with a knee injury, and teammate Nate Robinson was limited at practice Monday with a strained right hamstring, though he said he will play.

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