Carmelo Anthony didn't have to wait long to take on his former team for the first time.
After being traded from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason, he faced his former teammates in the season opener on Thursday night, leading OKC to a big 105-84 victory.
In what was certainly an emotional affair for Melo, he scored 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting, helping to pace the Thunder's revamped offense.
After the game, Melo told reporters that he's not going to talk about the Knicks anymore, as he's solely focused on moving forward with the Thunder and trying to find his new role (via ABCNews.com):
"Yeah, that chapter's closed. That chapter's closed. No more Knicks talk," Anthony said. "We can just focus on the Thunder and moving forward and what we have to do as a team and organization. I can say that chapter's closed."
Melo actually got the scoring started in Thursday's game, knocking down a wide-open three on OKC's first possession.
Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook turned in another triple-double, scoring 21 points, dishing out 16 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. Melo said he's thrilled to be teaming up with Westbrook instead of watching the superstar point guard on TV:
"You guys are used to it," he said. "I'm used to watching it. I'm used to going up against it. To now be on the other side of that, be on the same team and reap those benefits of what he brings to the game, I'm excited about what we started out tonight, what we created tonight and where we're headed."
Paul George - the third member of the Thunder's big three - scored a team-high 28 points and also grabbed six boards. For those keeping track at home, that's 71 points combined by Westbrook, Anthony and George.
After the game, Westbrook added that he's happy to pick up the win, but said the Thunder still have a lot of work to do to reach their full potential offensively:
"We're just getting started," Westbrook said. "We're trying to figure it out and I'm just going to constantly keep pushing and finding those guys and obviously that makes it easy for me with those guys on the floor."
Westbrook got used to having the ball in his hands all the time last year, when he averaged a season-long triple double. But, considering the fact that he was the team's third-leading scorer on Thursday and dished out a game-high 16 assists, it seems he's quickly learning how to get Melo and PG-13 involved in the offense.