Carmelo Anthony heard the news about the New York City Marathon being canceled, then came out to warm up and saw plenty of empty seats at Madison Square Garden.
At that moment, it would've been easy to agree with Dwyane Wade and others, that this wasn't the time to be playing games.
By tip-off, Anthony and the Knicks knew otherwise.
Fans had filled the place, when even the players weren't sure how many of them would show up.
''It gave us some more energy,'' Anthony said. ''When we first went out there, the crowd, it wasn't crowded. As we started warming up, we seen the crowd started getting packed and packed. Just for all the fans to come out and still support this game tonight in the wake of everything that's been happening, that just goes to show you and tell you a lot about this city.''
Anthony thanked them for coming, then had 30 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks gave suffering New Yorkers something to cheer with a 104-...