Carmelo Anthony didn’t have to deal with LeBron James on either end of the floor Tuesday night. It made his night much easier and more difficult for the Heat. Anthony destroyed the Heat’s defense and matched his career high with 50 points and led the Knicks to a 102-90 victory over the defending champs, who were without James and Dwyane Wade because of injuries.
Late in the game, some Knicks fans at American Airlines Arena chanted “MVP” as Anthony attempted foul shots. He was the MVP this night as he carried the Knicks to their ninth straight win their longest since the 1993-94 season
He got buckets. Anthony arrived on the pro basketball scene as a fully formed 20-point scorer and has never slipped below that mark in any season. His career scoring average is just a shade under 25 points per game, and this season should mark the fifth time that Anthony finishes the season in the NBA’s top four in scoring average. He’s in a special class of prolific scorers, and few are as masterful in turning difficult situations into improbable points.