'When it rains, it pours' as Melo drops 9 3s
January, 27, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Kyle Korver had a front-row seat for The Carmelo Anthony Show on Sunday night at the Garden.
So leave it to Korver, the Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter, to sum up Anthony's exploits.
"When it rains, it pours," he said.
In Anthony's case, Sunday night was a monsoon. The New York Knicks star tied a franchise single-game record with nine 3-pointers. But, when it counted most, Anthony went to work inside the arc, hitting a driving layup over Josh Smith and the subsequent free throw to give the Knicks a two-point lead with 12 seconds to play.
"He came up with big shots," Mike Woodson said of Anthony's 42-point night.
Elsa/Getty ImagesCarmelo Anthony's nine 3-pointers on Sunday tied a franchise record.
And the Knicks needed every single one of them. Woodson's club struggled to get stops on the other end, allowing Atlanta to hit 60 percent of its shots. The Knicks needed Anthony to bail them out of what would have been an embarrassing home loss -- and he did just that, scoring 26 points in the second half.
"It seemed like every time he put it up it was going in," Tyson Chandler said. "He kind of put the team on his back."
Carmelo started out slowly Sunday, missing four of his first five shots. To that point, he misfired on 23 of his last 33.
But Anthony knocked down three straight 3-pointers late in the second quarter, including a 28-footer he took after Raymond Felton bounced a pass between his legs to find him.
"One of them heat checks," he said.
From there, Anthony only got hotter, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts in the third. Suddenly, the disastrous night he had Saturday in Philly (9-for-28) was a distant memory.
"I was like, 'It’s falling once again, the shot is falling once again,'" Anthony said. "When you’re feeling it like that you feel like you can’t miss."
In addition to tying the franchise single-game record for 3s, Anthony matched Richie Guerin for the Knicks' longest streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points (29).
He also became the first Knick since Bernard King to have 15 games of at least 30 points in his team's first 42 games, according to Elias.
But all of the accolades nearly meant nothing due to two costly late-game errors. First, Anthony fouled Josh Smith on a game-tying dunk with 2:12 to play. Lucky for Anthony, Smith missed the subsequent free-throw. Then Anthony was whistled for a technical foul with 1:51 to play for slamming the ball in frustration following a non-call on Deshawn Stevenson, who appeared to poke Melo in the face. Atlanta took the lead on the technical free throw.
"He got me three times on one play," Anthony said of Stevenson.
But Anthony got to the Hawks when it mattered most with the game-winning layup.
"That's why he's my MVP," Felton said.
MVP or not, Anthony's widely recognized as one of the top scorers on the planet.
He showed you why once again on Sunday night.