Friday, April 12, 2013
Melo's performance not enough for Knicks
By ESPN Stats & Information
Gary Dineen/Getty ImagesThe Chicago Bulls became the second team in NBA history to stop two win streaks of at least 13 games in the same season after snapping the Miami Heat's streak at 27 earlier this year and the New York Knicks' 13-game win streak on Thursday.
Carmelo Anthony went 0-for-5 on shots from 20 feet or longer against the Bulls. In his previous five games, he was 27-for-46 (58.7 percent) from 20-plus feet.
The 1990-91 Phoenix Suns snapped 16-game win streaks of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did his best to keep that streak alive with his sixth straight 35-point performance, breaking soon-to-be Hall of Famer Bernard King's franchise record. But here's four things you might not have realized after his 36-point, 19-rebound performance:
• Anthony made six of his 12 shots from 10-19 feet, but had less success from other distances. He was 7-for-17 inside 10 feet and 0-for-5 on shots from 20 feet or longer. In his previous five games, he was 27-for-46 (58.7 percent) from 20-plus feet.
• Anthony had 53 touches against the Bulls on Thursday. He attempted 34 shots and passed the ball 12 times, with only five of those passes coming in the second half, when he touched the ball 27 times. Anthony's last assist came at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter.
• Anthony shot 38.2 percent from the field (13-for-34) and failed to make a 3-pointer. He had shot less than 40 percent just twice during the Knicks' 13-game winning streak. The last time he didn't make a 3-pointer was March 27 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
• Anthony was 6-for-17 when guarded by Jimmy Butler, including 2-for-10 outside five feet. He was 4-for-10 in the first half against Luol Deng, and Deng didn't guard him at all in the second half.