Carmelo Anthony was huge. He single-handedly willed New York to a victory Sunday over Chicago in as dominant of a performance as we’ve seen from the small forward all year. Melo went for 43 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, topping Derrick Roses’ 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The most impressive part of Melo’s game was in the clutch. He drained a deep 3-pointer in regulation to tie the game at 91 and then nailed another 3-pointer with just 8.2 seconds left in the game to give New York the win.
"This was a playoff game. We have a chance, we might play these guys in the playoffs if we keep doing what we're doing and get that seed, so this was a big statement game for us and we willed this one tonight," Anthony said.
The Bulls trailed by as much as 21 points in the first quarter before their defense kicked in and the offense started finding the range. By the fourth quarter it was the Knicks who trailed by as much as 10 points and were forced to play catch-up down the stretch.
Although any win is an encouraging sign for the Knicks, who are 29-27 on the year and fighting for a playoff birth, the signs of this team’s weaknesses are all around them.
The forced offensive flow that has Melo go for 43 points on 31 shot attempts, while the rest of the Knicks stand around like zombies, isn’t going to get it done in the playoffs, and quite frankly hasn’t got it done in the regular season.
When Anthony was out and the Knick’s discovered Jeremy Lin and the magic of passing to the open man, they won games. Now that Anthony has returned, the Knicks struggle for offense and only manage wins if Anthony goes for 43 points and a game winner at the buzzer. New York is in for a harsh reality that this brand of ball doesn’t get it done in the NBA.
Enjoy the win New York because when you’re watching the playoffs from home these regular season victories will be your season highlights.
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