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Video: Carmelo Anthony hits two clutch threes to beat the Bulls

Apr 8, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

The Knicks and the Bulls gave us a thrilling game on Sunday, one that New York was able to pull out in overtime 100-99. If not for Carmelo Anthony and his 43 points, the Knicks wouldn’t have gotten that chance.

Anthony nailed two big-time three-pointers with the game on the line — one that sent the game into overtime at the end of regulation, the other that won it near the end of the extra session.

Here’s the first: Knicks down three, under 15 seconds to play. He brings the ball up, and Taj Gibson is defending — but not closely enough.

It’s really unconscionable for Gibson to allow Anthony to shoot that three. You know the Knicks need a three to tie, and you know that Anthony loves these situations and is going to shoot it if he has the space. You have to make him drive there — even if no help comes and he ends up scoring a quick two, Chicago still has the lead and will go to the free throw line (after the Knicks foul) with a chance to extend it.

The three Anthony hit that ended up being the game-winner with nine seconds left in OT was, from a defensive standpoint, a little more understandable.

The Knicks had a frantic possession that began with 43 seconds left in the game, and outworked Chicago on the glass to get up four shot attempts, all of which were unsuccessful. The Bulls were likely exhausted by that point, and with Anthony slowly dribbling the ball beyond the three-point arc with the shot clock off, Chicago likely figured him to be waiting to take the game’s final shot.

Needing only a two to tie this time, it made sense for the Bulls to sag off him a bit and play the drive. But Anthony lulled his defender into a relaxed state, and quickly rose up to drain the game-winning shot.

Cold. Blooded.

  1. pbanach01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Melooooooooooooo! Cold Blooded is right big win for the Knicks tonight!

  2. trybe29dr - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    All those bodies in the paint and there wasnt 1 foul on Anthony?

  3. kazeme22 - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Carmelo averaging 32 and 8 a game over the past 7 on 48% shooting and 39% from the 3. Stepping up at a big time.

  4. ajpurp - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I’m so pissed. I shut the game off with 3 minutes in regulation left causing the Knicks were annoying the H outta me with their play…disappointing.

  5. raidmagic - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    “Carmelo game winning 3 vs Knicks”?????????????

  6. asublimeday - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Sweep in the playoffs. Bulls will dismantle these posers

  7. Justin - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Melo will have these games… but not enough in a row for the Knicks to win it all. That is why defense will be the key to their success or failure.

    • pbanach01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      @ Justin^^^^^^^ That statement applies to all 32 teams in the league. Everyone needs defense but you also need big time players who make big time plays and shots. Knicks have that in Melo so its good to see it finally applied on the court. He is a leader by example. They could be dangerous come playoffs not an easy out!

  8. sellahh - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Wow, what a wonderful shot by Melo!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wait, it’s just regular season and i’m neither a bulls nor a knicks fan. Make a best of seven series with each game decided by that kind of shot and the Bulls win what, 4-1?

  9. comeonnowguys - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Funny thing is, I wonder how many of the Knicks fans that are screaming MELOOOOOO! today were solely blaming him for their problems and standing in the way of LINSANITY a few weeks ago?

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