Thursday, February 24, 2011
Carmelo makes the most of Knicks debut
By ESPN Stats & Info
Despite shooting just 40 percent from the field (10-25), Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 27 points in his New York Knicks debut. In the first three quarters, Anthony was 0-for-6 on jump shots from five feet and beyond.
But in the final 12 minutes, Anthony scored 11 of his 27 points, and was 3-of-5 shooting from five feet and beyond.
Anthony’s 27 points tied for the third-most in a Knicks debut. Keith Van Horn holds the record, scoring 29 points in the 2003-04 season opener.
When both Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire were on the floor, the Knicks as a team shot almost 50 percent from the floor (23-48) and scored 58 percent of their points (66 of 114). But in terms of +/-, the team was even.
They were +4 and made 7-of-9 shots from the floor when Stoudemire was on the court and Anthony was on the bench, and +1 when Anthony was on the court and Stoudemire was sitting.
When it was Anthony and four other Knicks on the court, Anthony was just 6-for-16 from the floor.
Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups went 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in his Knicks debut. Billups has made 46 consecutive free throws over his last ten games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the longest current streak for any NBA player and the longest for Billups since he made 46 in a row in 2000–01.
Elsewhere in the NBA …
For the third game this season, the Toronto Raptors did not make a 3-pointer. (Toronto was 0-5 from the 3-point line Wednesday in their win over the Bulls.) Earlier this season, the Raptors’ record streak of 986 consecutive games with a made three-pointer came to an end.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wednesday marked only the second time in franchise history that the Raptors won a game in which they did not make a 3-pointer. The other instance was on November 4, 1997, when they went 0-for-7 behind the arc in a 104-86 win over the Golden State Warriors. Three players on that Raptors team are still active: Billups, Tracy McGrady and Marcus Camby.
In a 111-105 home loss to the Sacramento Kings, Dwight Howard finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds. It’s his eighth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, the second longest such streak this season. Rookie Blake Griffin had 14 straight 20-10 games earlier this season.
In a 23-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, John Wall had another double-digit assist game. The Washington Wizards rookie finished with 21 points and 12 assists, his 20th game this season with at least 10 assists. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, entering play on Wednesday all other rookies had combined for only two double-digit assists games this season: one apiece for Eric Bledsoe and Pooh Jeter.
Kevin Love now shares the second-longest single-season, consecutive double-double streak following his 15-point, 11-rebound game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He has 44 straight double-doubles, tying Moses Malone for the second-longest streak of its kind. He’s still six games shy of Malone’s single-season record of 50 (since the 1976-77 merger).