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Carmelo Anthony completes another successful trip to London, Knicks beat Pistons 102-87

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    Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum, right, tries to get past New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during their NBA basketball game at the 02 arena in London, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell, 54, shoots past New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during their NBA basketball game at the 02 arena in London, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell, 54, shoots past New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, 6, forward Carmelo Anthony, second left, and guard Jason Kidd, right, during their NBA basketball game at the 02 arena in London, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

Carmelo Anthony returned to his Olympic gold medal past and scored 26 points Thursday to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Anthony scored 18 in the first half as the Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead before holding a double-digit lead for most of the game.

Amare Stoudemire added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points.

The Pistons were the home team at the O2 Arena in London, the site of the Olympic gold-medal game during last year's London Games. It was the third regular-season NBA game played at the venue, where the then-New Jersey Nets swept the Toronto Raptors in a pair of games two years ago.