Carmelo Anthony will return to New York to have fluid drained from his injured right knee.

Anthony left the game early in the third quarter of a 117-94 loss to Denver on Wednesday night.

"It started stiffening up," Anthony said."There were some movements I couldn't make. Moving laterally, I didn't feel like I had any pop, any power. So I tried it in the second half, coming back after halftime, and I couldn't move out there. I'm going to get it drained, get the fluid out, get to the bottom of it quickly so I can get back on the court."

There is no timetable for Anthony’s return.