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Three Stars of the Night: Big nights for Kobe, Carmelo

Dec 12, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he scored past Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in NBA game in New York Reuters

This was one of those nights when a number of guys could have made the three-stars list — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 13 rebounds; Ty Lawson with an impressive 26 points; and there were others in consideration. Even Andray Blatche.

But in the end, these three are pretty hard to beat.

Third Star: Kyrie Irving (28 points 11 assists)

It was great just to see him back out on the court, he is just fun to watch. His quickness was far too much for Chris Duhon and Darius Morris to handle, and the Lakers rotations — which have been slow — he made look glacial. Irving got shots at the rim on the drive, he got step back threes, and he hit 11-of-21 plus added seven assists. Without him he Cavaliers offense was ugly, but with him they were good enough to beat the Lakers.

Second Star: Kobe Bryant (42 points 5 rebounds, 2 assists)

Kobe put up a lot of points… which isn’t that good for a Lakers team that needs victories. The Lakers are 1-10 when he scores more than 30. But Kobe really had no choice because the offense was sputtering — and when that happens Kobe is fearless about taking on more of the responsibility himself. The key is that while Kobe was gunning he was efficient — he hit 16-of-28 from the floor — which is part of what kept the Lakers within striking distance (a gap they never closed).

First Star: Carmelo Anthony (45 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists)

In what has been his best season (so far), this was maybe Carmelo Anthony’s best performance. He was a force. Not only did ‘Melo score big, it was when he scored — 15 in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks complete the comeback and get the win (behind Jason Kidd’s three pointer). Anthony did it pretty much every way imaginable — he was draining threes, getting into the lane, and doing almost all of it in the flow of the offense. It’s far, far to early to say who is going to be the league MVP, but Anthony has played his way into the discussion.

  1. mungman69 - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    The Knicks are for real.

  2. bucrightoff - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Kobe is being listed as a star for the Cavs right? Lakers now 1-10 this season when he scores 30 or more.

    • charlescub80 - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Has to be for the cavs. 2 assists and 5 turnovers in 40 min? I didn’t know the three stars of the night was for the players taking the most shots. No way Bryant should be ahead of Irving on this list.

    • blameitonlebron - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      your an idiot..Everyone that keeps saying that lakers are 1-11 when kobe scores more then 30 points are haters. Kobe scored closed to 30 in alot of seasons. he has won alot of games. Kobe has scored more then 30 this season when everyone else is missing shots. some one gota get the points up and if its coming at a rate of 50%. or lsat night 57% il take it any day. ITs the defense thats a problem. and the energy. playing with lack of confidence.

  3. trueballs - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    I love Melo and the Knicks and think he’s having his best year…but he’s not the MVP. Kidd, Chandler and the Knicks overall have improved significantly from last year.
    LeBron is the MVP not just because he’s the best in the league right now, but the Heat have been terrible when he’s on the bench and elite when he’s in there. On both sides of the ball.
    That’s just how I define MVP. Tyson Chandler, to me, has LBJ’s impact for NY.

    • pl4tinum514 - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      I agree, if P stands for pu$$y.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        oh my gosh………………

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      so without Melo the Knicks are still a good team, I don’t know about that.

      MVP is a popularity contest………………

      • trueballs - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        Melo is great. The Knicks won’t get anywhere in the playoffs without him. But If Chandler and Amare traded places the Knicks would be maybe a hair over .500. Chandler is the key to that team. You could argue LeBron has the same defensive impact Chandler does. And then he’s the best playmaker, rebounder, and scorer.

  4. eflem80 - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Elite when he’s in there??? He was on the floor when they got routed TWICE by the Knicks….wasn’t he??? Melo is the MVP so far. He’s the best player on the best team in the east…KD is second….LBJ is 3rd…..for now.

    • trueballs - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      You make a good point. That’s how you define MVP…and that’s why D-Rose won (more of a bitterness towards LBJ). But like Chicago, the Knicks’ success comes from a great defensive system, good coaching, and a productive bench. Melo, like DRose, can miss games and the team still does well.
      I define it based on how contenders (because good players on crap teams don’t really get considered) play without their superstar in the game…that’s the definition of valuable to me. And Miami has the biggest dropoff with LBJ on the bench.That’s why I also take LBJ over Durant.

      • protectthishouse54 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        “I define it based on how contenders (because good players on crap teams don’t really get considered) play without their superstar in the game”

        So you’re basically criticizing Melo for having a good supporting cast. Not sure that’s fair, especially because Lebron has Bosh, Wade and Ray Allen. Those guys aren’t too shabby, and they probably demand more defensive attention than anyone on the Knicks (besides Melo, of course).

  5. ljl2 - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Uh, Kyrie had 11 assists not 7. Also added 6 rebounds. 28-7-11 for a guy who missed a month. Welcome back.

  6. timb12 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I hate that Kobe stat. They’re not 1-10 because he scores over 30. He only starts trying to take over when he has to. When the offense is playing poorly and he can get something going. What else can he do? Keep passing to MWP and hope he knocks something down?

  7. mikejd12 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Melo learned from Lebron…. Melon deserves one.

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