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Three Stars of the Night: A triple-double, a near triple-double and very much not a triple-double

Apr 3, 2013, 3:09 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

Well-rounded games are easy to appreciate, but it takes a special effort to impress with no variety. Carmelo Anthony had that special effort.

Third Star: John Wall (27 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists)

Prior to March 12, Wall had posted 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds just three times in his career. Since March 12, he’s averaging those numbers.

Second star: Kobe Bryant (23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks)

Kobe’s second triple-double of the season gives him his first season with multiple triple-doubles since 2008-09. And nobody had the points/rebounds/assists/steals/blocks numbers Kobe did since Latrell Sprewell in 2003.

First Star: Carmelo Anthony (50 points)

I don’t have the numbers to back this, but this must be the highest-scoring game without a single shot in the paint. I can’t imagine someone topping this, though I never imagined a player could score 50 exclusively outside the lane. Not only did Anthony not shoot in the paint, not a single one of his eight free throws came off an attempt to shoot in the paint. Anthony avoided the paint like it was a rebounds, assist, steal or block. He lasted 29 minutes before collecting one of those peripheral stats, but he never succumbed to that yellow area around the rim.

Anthony was absolutely in the zone when it came to shooting outside the paint, though. He shot 11-of-16 from mid-range (69 percent; season average: 43 percent) and 7-of-10 on 3-pointers (70 percent; season average: 38 percent). To hit those marks with such a high usage rate is basically unreal.

  1. eboneseagles - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    The guy scores 50 points against the defender who usually guards him (and supposedly the heat’s best defender apart from Lebron) and gets criticized for it…

  2. saint1997 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    couldn’t be happier with Johns development. The guy has worked so hard you can tell. He has responded to criticism and set a fantastic example by not going off in the media but instead worked hard with the greats (Payton) and by himself and now the hard work is paying off with national spotlight. Can’t deny that the wiry kid from North Carolina growing up with a dad in prison who died at age 9 hasn’t earned this. He’s earned it with every drop of sweat in workouts and mid range J sunk, a stellar example to the youth that hard work pays off

  3. mojo2028 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Melo is a beast!

  4. billsfanaddict - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    i would have loved to be @that pregame shoot-around…

  5. Distinguished Male - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I was so surprised the Heat waited so long before throwing double teams at Melo, and even then, they didn’t do it consistently. No one else on the Knicks was really “feeling it”, you could tell it was Melo’s game to win.

    That being said, what an amazing performance. Every single time the ball left his hand, I swear it was going in. Even a couple of his misses were just unlucky bounces off the rim, but accurate enough. Just a performance to remind you why Melo has to be in the discussion as one of the best pure scorers in the game.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      In the discussion? It’s him and Durant and has been since 2010, when Kobe began falling off (although Kobe is back at 3rd IMO).

    • jetstizzi85 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Agree! Even when he was passing they kept giving it right back. The team just knew he was on fire so they kept feeding him

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Yeah melo puts up points, but thats all he does..

    He plays average defense at best..defense is half the game of basketball

    He is not one to help his teammates get points or constantly go hard on the boards..

    He is a scoring machine at times, but he’s not going to shoot like last night every night, especially in the playoffs..he needs to step it up a bit more in something else besides scoring to be in the same league with lbj and durant..

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