Knicks get message after meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Maybe Carmelo Anthony should hold a players-only meeting after every loss.

In their first game since they aired out some grievances in a players-only meet, the Knicks put together their most complete performance of the season in a 101-91 win in Charlotte.

"Sometimes you need to get together and talk, communicate, let it all out, just try to figure what's the problem, what's the issue," Anthony said. "We responded well tonight."

The Knicks turned the ball over just 12 times Friday, five fewer than their average. They shot the ball well, particularly from beyond the arc (46 percent) and they shared the ball (25 assists on 42 makes).

"We know that this was a must-win for us," said Raymond Felton, another active participant in the players-only meeting Tuesday. "We just wanted to come out and play with some effort and see what happens with the outcome."

Mike Woodson liked what he saw Friday night. He said it was a departure from the "soft" approach that his team took in the first four games.

"We were solid all the way from the beginning to the end. That's how we've got to play. That's Knick basketball," Woodson said. "I just want our guys to understand that we can't come out and be soft. You just can't do that. You can't come out and start games the way we did the last two games. That's unacceptable."

Melo "not there yet": Anthony had 28 points on 12-for-22 shooting, easily his most efficient game of the season. He entered play Friday shooting 37 percent from the field. But he insisted after the game that he still has work to do.

"It's not there yet. I'm working. It's working. It's coming back slowly, but surely. No rush. It's coming back," Anthony said.

Three for all: The Knicks hit 12-of-26 3-pointers (46 percent). It was their best shooting night from deep this season. And it's no coincidence that it came with Pablo Prigioni and Felton starting in the backcourt. The Knicks were 15-1 when those two started alongside each another last season. ... Knicks great Patrick Ewing on his coaching debut: "It was a total team effort with the coaching staff and the players. We're all in this together. I was nervous at first, but once the game started, I was able to calm down and do my thing."

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