Carmelo Anthony dropped 37 points for the visiting New York Knicks against the Washington Wizards to spoil another home opener.
Anthony’s season-high lead the Knicks 2 – 0 in their road games with 117 -110 victory, at the Verizon Center, ESPN mentioned.
The former Syracuse University standout had long been given flak for his alleged inability of not being a go-to-guy during the post-regular season. Last May, Jared Dudley said that the Knicks’ franchise player was “overrated because of his inability to go deep into the playoffs.”
Melo made it known that he encircled the date in which he will be meeting the former Milwaukee Bucks’ swingman on the hard court. (Dudley was traded to the Wizards in the post season) so he could let his basketball prowess do the trash-talking. Dudley eventually would express regret for his brashness, but Anthony didn’t want to hear anything of it.
“Definitely got back to me. I might not look at it and read all that stuff but it gets back to me,” Melo said.
The 31-year-old 8-time NBA All-Star said who finally got his hands hot after a slow start by scoring 18 points in the halftime.
Anthony is still finding his rhythm after he was unfortunately sidelined for the rest of the 2014-2015 season with a knee surgery. A season which infamously sent the Knicks to the record books a win-loss 17–65, the worst in their franchise’s history.
The Knicks are trying to shake off the rust from the past season as they are now 2 – 1 with a loss in their own Madison Square Garden.
NBA reports this respectable start is not just due to the offensive firepower of Carmelo Anthony that has slowly come around. But a team effort which will revolve on their fiery upgraded bench (transplanted Sacramento Kings’ Derrick Williams had 24 points in their opener with the Milwaukee Bucks) and a 4th pick Kristaps Porzingis, who has shown the fans that he is far from a bust as he has now averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the past three outings.
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