Melo stars with record-setting night

February, 17, 2014
Feb 17
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Late last week, Carmelo Anthony said it would be tough to enjoy the All-Star break because of the New York Knicks' struggles.

But it sure looked like he was having a good time on Sunday night.

[+] EnlargeCarmelo Anthony
Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty ImagesCarmelo Anthony shined among the NBA's brightest stars.
Anthony knocked down an All-Star record eight 3-pointers to help the Eastern Conference to a 163-155 win.

The Knicks star finished with a All-Star career-high 30 points on 10-for-18 shooting. He also had five rebounds and two assists.

The previous record for 3-pointers in a single game was six, held by Mark Price, LeBron James and Anthony.

On Monday, Anthony will get back to work with the Knicks. The team will practice in Memphis on Monday to prepare for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies.

The Knicks (20-32) are 2½ games behind the Charlotte Bobcats in the race for eight place in the Eastern Conference.

They play 19 of their final 30 regular-season games on the road. The Memphis game is the first of a four-game, five-night road trip.

So it won't be an easy stretch run for Anthony and New York. There's also a possibility that Anthony could be playing his final set of games with the Knicks. He will test free agency this summer.

Anthony said on Friday that his "first priority" is to re-sign with New York, but he wants to make sure the Knicks are committed to building a championship team around him.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.1 3.2 0.8 36.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.3
StealsP. Prigioni 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3