Carmelo: LeBron's recent run 'crazy'

Updated: February 12, 2013, 11:21 PM ET
By Jared Zwerling | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Miami Heat star LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 or more points and shoot 60 percent in six consecutive games Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

His friend and fellow Olympian, Carmelo Anthony, said he's "never seen nothing like it," referring to James' offensive streak.

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"That's crazy," Melo said after the New York Knicks practiced on Tuesday. "What he's doing right now is unbelievable. I mean, he's scoring 30-something, 40 points in 11 shots, 10 for 12 and things like that. He's on an incredible run right now."

How has James been doing it? Primarily inside. In his five games before Tuesday, he was shooting a blistering 84.1 percent (37 for 44) from inside 10 feet, where 44 of his 77 shots have come. From 10 feet or beyond, he's shooting 54.5 percent (18-for-33).

Melo said that when the opportunity presents itself, he tries to watch his buddies around the league, notably James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade, to see how they're performing.

"I don't really watch too much TV, but when my friends are playing, I want to see what they're doing, I want to see their games," Anthony said. "Most of the time, they're playing when we're playing, so it's kind of hard to watch. But when there are games like (this past) Sunday, when there are a lot of games on at one time, of course we're watching."

So what does Anthony think about James' MVP chances?

"It's early. It's the All-Star break right now," he said. "He's definitely playing like a Most Valuable Player, so we'll see what happens."

Anthony himself is in the MVP conversation. His Knicks have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference (32-17) -- behind the Heat (34-14) -- and he's averaging a career-high 29.0 points per game. He scored 20 or more points in 31 straight games and has two 45-point outings. He's also single-handedly carried the team a couple of times down the stretch, such as Feb. 8 against the Minnesota Timberwolves when he put up 12 points in the fourth quarter en route to a game-high 36 points.

Anthony and James will team up Sunday in Houston for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Information from ESPN Stats & Info was used in this report.

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