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Melo, Knicks met with family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin

CBSSports.com wire reports
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Carmelo Anthony met with family members of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin before the Knicks runaway win over the Wizards on Friday night that pushed their home winning streak to nine games.

Melo welcomed Sybrina Fulton and her son Jahvaris, Trayvon's mother and brother, into the Knicks locker room at Madison Square Garden before Friday's game, according to a New York Daily News report. The pair met with both players and coaches.

The Knicks superstar called the meeting "a blessing, an honor" at practice on Saturday.

"We all know that tragedy that happened and just to get in a different space of mind right now, bringing them to not even the game, but to the locker room in the back," Anthony told the newspaper. "It was just something that I wanted to do."

"I lost my sister last year, so I know what it feels like," he said.

Melo lost his sister, Michelle Anthony, died in December 2010 at the age of 36 from a pre-existing medical condition. She had four children.

Fulton was in New York for a scheduled appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 to talk about recent developments in the Martin case. Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder.

With their 103-65 victory over the Wizards, the Knicks improved their home record this season to 20-10.

The team has not lost at home since Mike Woodson took over as interim coach on March 14. He became the first coach since Avery Johnson with the Mavericks in 2004-05 to win his first nine home games as the new head coach.

After stunning Derrick Rose and the NBA-leading Chicago Bulls last Sunday, the next test of this home success pulls into town Sunday, when the Knicks host the Miami Heat.

The Knicks (31-28) hold the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, which aligns them with the No. 2 Heat for a potential first-round matchup.

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