Carmelo has short night because of strained groin

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks' game against Utah in the first quarter because of a strained right groin and will not return.

Anthony was hurt after scoring two points in 6 minutes. The Knicks were already without Amare Stoudemire, their other All-Star, after he returned to Florida earlier Monday following the death of his brother in a car crash.

Anthony leads the Knicks with 23.3 points per game but has battled nagging injuries, missing three games and shooting poorly in a number of others.