NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks debut drew the highest rating for a regular-season game on MSG network since Michael Jordan’s famed “double-nickel” game 16 years ago.

The Knicks said their 114-108 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday earned a 6.75 household rating, easily topping the previous high this season, a 3.61 for the Boston Celtics’ visit Dec. 15.

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It was MSG’s highest-rated Knicks telecast in the regular season since Jordan’s first return to Madison Square Garden after his first retirement, when he scored 55 points in a Chicago victory.

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The Knicks are averaging a 1.62 rating through 52 games, a 60 percent increase over the 1.01 at this time last season.

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