Carmelo Anthony exits game early with knee injury

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Carmelo Anthony’s comeback story hit a speed bump on Friday night.

The former Knicks star was forced to leave the game after bruising his left knee in the second quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 118-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in Portland, Ore.

Anthony appeared to favor his knee after he attempted a 3-pointer in the second quarter and left the game soon after.

Anthony, who has played in 15 games for Portland, entered Friday night averaging a solid 16.8 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds per contest. If this becomes a long-term issue, it would be a disappointing setback for Anthony who went over a full year without playing an NBA game.

Following a 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets last season, Anthony was inactive for more than two months and then was traded to the Chicago Bulls, who waived him.

He went unsigned until Nov. 19 despite the fact many of his fellow NBA players were hoping he would return to the league.

Damian Lillard scored 36 points and CJ McCollum chipped in with 31 to lead the Trail Blazers.