Cole Anthony missed retired connected the afloat Garden acquisition arsenic a rookie.
The Manhattan merchandise yet got it Sunday nighttime and made it a memorable homecoming.
In beforehand of “a bunch” of friends and household — including his mom, Crystal, who was sitting courtside connected her day — Anthony did it each to pb the Magic to an upset, racking up 29 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 8 assists successful a 110-104 triumph implicit the Knicks.
“It means a lot,” Anthony said. “Super blessed I could travel backmost here. I had a clump of household and friends astatine this game. I conscionable kept looking astir the arena and seeing much radical I know. I was like, ‘Yo, what up? What up? What’s popping?’ So large shoutout to each the fans.”
The second-year constituent defender had played astatine a fanless Garden past January, owed to the pandemic, past was injured successful the Magic’s 2nd travel backmost successful March. But with 16,273 successful the stands Sunday, the lad of erstwhile Knick Greg Anthony enactment connected a show.
Anthony acceptable the code with 15 points successful the archetypal 4th and 21 by halftime arsenic helium and Harlem autochthonal Mo Bamba (10 points, 13 rebounds) came location to unafraid the Magic’s archetypal triumph of the season.
“I personally deliberation I’m amended than my dada ever was,” Anthony said with a grin. “Shoutout to Greg. … Mo was blessed to beryllium home, I’m blessed to beryllium home. Hostile environment, came successful and got our W. Good time.”
Anthony — drafted 15th wide successful 2020 aft the Knicks passed connected him to prime Obi Toppin eighth — had the second-highest scoring output of his abbreviated career, but it was his rebounding that stood retired the most. He is listed astatine 6-foot-2 — helium claimed Sunday nighttime helium is 6-foot-3 — but utilized his centrifugal to beryllium each implicit the boards.
“Rebounding is each astir effort,” helium said. “It’s astir who wants it. You privation a rebound, spell get it. … Whoever wants that much astatine the extremity of the time is going to spell get it. I happened to privation it much tonight. Hopefully going guardant I’ll support wanting it more.”
Magic manager Jamahl Mosley was near smiling implicit Anthony’s performance.
“Cole coming backmost location and playing with that toughness and that confidence, that resiliency,” Mosley said. “The 1 happening that stands retired astir is his quality to rebound the hoops and helium made the close plays. He made the elemental plays. That’s the 1 happening he’s getting amended and amended astatine is conscionable making the elemental plays. He made his teammates amended tonight, which was large to see.”