In a close matchup, the Knicks prevailed with a clutch performance from Carmelo Anthony, as he was able to dominate the Pelicans on both ends of the floor. He had 42 PTs, four REBs, two ASTs, three STLs and two BLKs, and he generated a ton of defensive for New York in one of his best defensive performances of the season.
With a minute left in the 4th quarter, Anthony also drained clutch pull up jumper to give the Knicks are 94-91 lead. With Anthony dominating, the Pelicans frequently matched up Anthony Davis on him, a matchup that Anthony completely dominated, hitting 16-of-29 field goal attempts.
One big statistics to pay attention to is turnovers; the Pelicans had 13 turnovers and the Knicks had nine.
Anthony’s defense on Wednesday night got the whole team involved, as we saw increased hustle in transition from Tyson Chandler. One of New York’s best reserves is Tim Hardaway Jr., and alongside Anthony, he had a very productive offensive night. Hardaway was 3-for-6 from behind the arc and had 16 PTs.
On Wednesday night, it was apparent that the Knicks’ leader is still Anthony, as they are at their best when he is having unstoppable games. The Knicks beat New Orleans because their leader came out and played his heart out. Though New York is tanking and he is currently surrounded by free agency rumors, Anthony stays committed to helping his team win, and that is what makes him a great athlete, ring or no ring.