January 27, 2013
Carmelo Anthony did not let the final seconds on the clock run down. Anthony’s decision was smart and it proved to be one of the small differences between the Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. Anthony received the pass from Raymond Felton. He paused for a second to take a deep breath. Then he showed his biggest burst of energy toward the basket.
Raymond Felton, in his first home game since returning from injury, had 12 points and 10 assists, as the Knicks responded after a loss Saturday in Philadelphia.
Anthony surprised the Hawks, and in particular Josh Smith, who was responsible for stopping him. With a quick first step to get by Smith, Anthony drove to his left for a sweeping layup with 12.5 seconds left.
Smith also fouled Anthony, and as the capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden chanted “M-V-P,” Anthony converted the free throw for the 3-point play to give the Knicks a 106-104 victory.
“It was just the matter of not letting Josh Smith set his feet,” Anthony said of the winning play. “I just wanted to catch the ball and go to catch him off guard.”
Anthony was in a position to win the game after a couple of mistakes by Smith. It was Smith who turned the ball over twice in the final minute. He committed a backcourt violation when Anthony pressured him and then was called for a moving screen on Felton.
But just before time expired, Smith was given a chance for redemption — and it came off a deflection from Anthony.
“Carmelo should have had that steal,” said Iman Shumpert, who was on the court during the final play.
Smith hoisted up a wide-open 3-pointer, but the ball bounced high off the back of the rim.
“I just hate those shots,” Shumpert said. “He shot it so high that we had to wait so long. I’m just glad he missed it.”
Anthony agreed: “That was one of the longest shots I’ve ever looked at.”
With Smith’s miss, the night belonged to Anthony as he ignited the Knicks (27-15) from the second quarter on. He finished with a game-high 42 points, including a franchise-tying nine 3-pointers, as the Knicks went 16 of 27 (59 percent) from long range. Anthony shares the record with Toney Douglas, Latrell Sprewell and John Starks. Sprewell achieved the feat twice.
Anthony, though, did his work in three quarters, not even attempting a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. He said he did not know he had tied the record until after the game.
“Someone told me why I didn’t try to make my 10th one,” he said.
Anthony struggled early, going 2 of 9 from the field to start the game, before making two straight 3-pointers. He then called for the ball as soon as the Knicks grabbed the next defensive rebound, even before they crossed midcourt. Anthony, one of the best shooters in the N.B.A., wanted to see just how hot he was.
When Felton gave the ball to Anthony — on a backward dribble between his legs — he did not put the ball on the court once. Also one of the quickest shooters in the N.B.A., Anthony rose up, and so did the entire Garden crowd. Anthony’s 26-foot shot, from the MSG logo on the court, swished through the net, producing the loudest roar of the first half. Indeed, Anthony was hot.
“I looked at Raymond and he was telling me to run,” Anthony said. “Once he cut his man off and bounced it back, I pulled up and had no idea where I was at.”
The extra-long 3-pointer was Anthony’s third consecutive basket from long range and it gave the Knicks a 52-47 lead. The only question after the shot was whether Anthony could keep up that pace in the second half.
He did. Anthony did not miss from behind the arc on five attempts in the third quarter. It was a welcome sight for Knicks fans after Anthony had struggled to shoot the ball from anywhere on the court the past week.
He went 31 of 85 in the previous three games, when the Knicks went 1-2.
“He needed a breakout,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “He’s been scoring, but he just hasn’t been shooting at a high rate. Tonight I couldn’t rest him. He came up big with big shots.”
Against the Hawks, Anthony was left wide open at times, which was something he had not experienced when Felton, the Knicks’ starting point guard, missed 12 games with a fractured right pinkie.
Felton scored 9 of his 12 points in the first quarter; then he focused on getting the ball to his teammates, finishing with 10 assists. The Knicks also got 18 points each from Amar’e Stoudemire and J. R. Smith.
Atlanta (25-19) was able to stay in the game because Jeff Teague exposed what appears to be the Knicks’ biggest problem on defense: guarding a quick, young point guard. Teague scored a team-high 27 points and created scoring opportunities for others. He had a chance to give the Hawks the lead late in the fourth quarter, but he missed a driving layup.
On the next possession, Anthony made a fadeaway baseline jumper. And when the Knicks needed their most important basket, Anthony provided it.
Jason Kidd finished with two assists in five minutes and did not play in the second half Sunday. The Knicks said Kidd, who was having back pain in Thursday’s game against Boston, needed rest and that he was not injured. Kidd was also limited against Philadelphia on Saturday, playing just 15 minutes and not recording a point or an assist, just the third time that has happened in his career. In December, he missed four games with back spasms. … Carmelo Anthony scored 20 or more points for the 29th consecutive game, tying Richie Guerin’s franchise mark set in the 1961-62 season.
Carmelo Anthony was born on May 29th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmelo_Anthony
May 29th, 1984
5 + 29 +1+9+8+4 = 56 = his life lesson = Finesse. Striking a delicate balance.
May 29th, 1984
5 + 29 +2+0+1+2 = 39 = his personal year (from May 29th, 2012 to May 28th, 2013) = Dream come true.
39 year + 1 (January) = 40 = his personal month (from January 29th, 2013 to February 28th, 2013) = Doing his part.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
3194536 1528657 65
his path of destiny = 65 = Worldly success. Making it big time. Calling the shots. On top of the world.
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