Carmelo Anthony put on quite the show on Tuesday night in Miami, leading the New York Knicks to a 102-90 win over the Miami Heat. Melo had a magical night scoring 50 points, tying his single-game high—it was the third time Anthony has scored that many points in his career, and the first time he did it as a New York Knick.
On Tuesday night, Anthony showed why Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to trade for him. The Knicks spent years trying to find a superstar player that could help them compete with the league’s best, and now they have that with Anthony.
Anthony was scoring from all over, and seemed nearly unstoppable, shooting an effective 18-for-26 from the field and 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. It didn’t matter who guarded him, whether it was Shane Battier or Udonis Haslem smothering him, Anthony still made his tough shots.
No, the Heat’s superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade weren’t on the court, but the win and Anthony’s performance should give Knicks fans a reason to celebrate. The six-time All-Star looked like the dominant small forward that could take over at any moment.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler made his return after missing 10 games with a neck injury. He didn’t contribute much to the team’s win (one point and two rebounds in 24 minutes) until the final few minutes when he made a key block on Chris Bosh. After the block, J.R. Smith nailed a game-sealing three-point shot to put the Knicks up 99-88 with less than two minutes left.
The Knicks win over the Heat gave them their ninth consecutive win, the team’s longest winning streak since the 1993-94 season when they won 15 straight. Let’s hope the Knicks can keep up their win streak and take the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.