It’s been a crazy year for the New York Knicks. The Eastern Conference’s second best team is now 28-15 because of some great play calling by Mike Woodson. A key part of the Knicks’ excellent record is the consistent shooting by their Small Forward, now six-time All-Star, Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony has now set two New York Knicks franchise records within less than a week. Against the Atlanta Hawks, he scored 42 points as he tied the team record with nine three pointers. The previous three players to shoot nine three pointers in a game? Try Latrell Sprewell–yeah, that guy who just got arrested, Toney Douglas, the washed up point guard playing with the Houston Rockets now and fan favorite John Sparks.
Wednesday evening marked another record for Anthony. Against the Orlando Magic, a team that was tied with the Knicks at halftime, he set a record that hasn’t been touched in quite some time. Anthony scored 20 points Wednesday evening. It was the 20th straight game that he scored at least 20 or more points, which is a Knicks team record. The previous record was owned by Richie Guerin was way back when in the 1961-1962 NBA season.
“I had the record long enough and a lot of records are meant to be broken. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” said Guerin on a post-game interview with the MSG network.
Anthony is on fire as of late. Even though he was just eight for 17 against the Orlando Magic, he was able to rack up five assists, which is something he’s been forced to work on as he attempts to become a more all-around player. Anthony’s been able to lead the Knicks in points this season and is just a small decimal behind Kevin Durant for the NBA league lead.
His recent play has been a key part of the Knicks’ game plan, especially with the return of Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert. It was questionable whether or not Stoudemire and Anthony would be able to develop chemistry after what happened to them last season, but it’s been working out in their favor and now Anthony is breaking records left and right.
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