The Garden was rocking tonight in Carmelo Anthony’s debut, and the Knickerbocker’s delivered with a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Carmelo Anthony struggled at the start of the game, looking tense and nervous but settled in finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Chauncey Billups showed that he can be a floor general, scoring 21 points, while going a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line.

It was legends night tonight at The Garden and Carmelo Anthony took his first step towards legendary status for the Knicks. He started slow, but finished the game with 27 points, including a jumper in the lane over Andrew Bogut that all but sealed the game. Tonight was the Knicks 29th win of the season, matching their win total from all of last season combined.

Carmelo wasn’t the only star tonight; Billups added 21 points, and Toney Douglas scored 23 points as he was 10-12 from the field. Not to be forgotten, Amar’e Stoudemire chipped in with 19 points before fouling out near the end of the 4th quarter.

The problem that plagued the Knicks pre-Carmelo Anthony continued to plague them tonight. They still play no defense. It’s going to take some time for the Knicks to get on the same page and gel, but tonight was a good start. Amar’e, Chauncey, and ‘Melo look as though there will be enough shots to go around and for one night at least, the Garden had a playoff atmosphere, and the Knicks delivered a W.

It’s only one game, but good start for the new-look Knicks.

Next game: Friday night at Cleveland.