Anthony to return to N.Y., have knee drained

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler each left Wednesday night’s New York KnicksDenver Nuggets game.

Anthony departed early in the third quarter due to a sore right knee. He returned to the Knicks on Monday night after missing the previous three games with the same ailment.

Chandler went down late in the first half after banging knees with Denver’s Corey Brewer. The team called the injury a left knee contusion.

Chandler was helped off the floor by teammates and could not put weight on the knee.

His status for Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers is uncertain.

Chandler suffered a bone bruise on his left knee in the Knicks’ final preseason game but returned to play in New York’s season opener.

The first-time All-Star has played in every regular-season game this season.

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