Carmelo Anthony was involved in another physical altercation, this time with Philadelphia’s Spencer Hawes on Sunday night, however Anthony appears to have escaped this one without another suspension.
The incident occurred during New York’s 99-93 win against the 76ers when Anthony delivered a hit to Hawes’ back as the two jostled for rebounding position during the third quarter. Hawes wheeled around aggressively towards Anthony, but was pushed away by Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler before the situation could escalate any further. Anthony received a flagrant foul for his troubles while Chandler and Hawes were both issued double technicals.
According to a report by ESPN citing a league source, Anthony is not looking at another suspension. The source claims the NBA has reviewed the tape and will not issue any suspensions.
This is the second notable physical altercation made by Anthony in as many months; he made headlines in January for an out of control shoving match with Boston’s Kevin Garnett before confronting Garnett as he headed for Celtics’ bus post-match.
“He’s just got to control his emotions,” Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson said after Sunday’s game. “Melo is a physical player and he likes contact, which is great. He doesn’t back away from contact. We had the altercation and we were able to pull away from it. No punches were thrown. They assessed the technicals and the flagrants the way they saw it and we moved on.”
The Knicks broke a four-game losing streak against Philadelphia and received 29 points from Anthony and a season-high 22 from Amar’e Stoudemire, who made nine of his ten field goal attempts.