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Carmelo Anthony to win first scoring title, Durant to sit out rather than chase him

Apr 17, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony battles for position against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the second half in their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Reuters

It has happened before.

On April 9, 1978, Denver Nuggets’; guard David Thompson dropped 73 points in the final game of the season in an effort to win the NBA scoring title  (he failed, it still went to George Gervin).

On April 24, 1994, the Spurs’ David Robinson dropped 71 on the hapless Los Angeles Clippers on the season’s final day and in doing so passed Shaquille O’Neal to win the NBA scoring title.

If Kevin Durant wanted to pass Carmelo Anthony and win his fourth straight NBA scoring title, he was going to have to match those feats — Anthony is expected to sit out Wednesday night and if he does Durant could pass him by dropping 70 on the Milwaukee Bucks.

But it’s not going to happen this time around.

Kevin Durant himself said that, posting this on his instagram page Wednesday morning:


Anthony is averaging a career best 28.7 points per game and this would be his first scoring title (he came in second back in 2007). Durant has won the last three in a row and you get the feeling there may be more in his future.

But not this year.

  1. steelerfanforlife - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Kind of a jerk move to post that to Instagram! Sorry Kevin if your fans want to see you win the scoring title!

    • mckaymatt - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Yeah, not like he played the whole season or anything…i’m sure his fans would prefer he be healthy and ready for the playoff’s and not risking injury by playing in a meaningless game.

      If he went out there gunning for the title and got hurt, I’m sure you would be on here blasting him for being selfish, he is putting team success long term over his personal glory of a scoring title.

      • teehov843 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Even if he played, the only way he would have a chance to get the scoring title is if they sat Westbrook. LOL! #TrueStatement

  2. melkipershero - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    He has already won 3. Makes this decision easy in my opinion.

    • stoudemelo - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Do you think that he would have had to score 70+ to take the lead made it an even easier decision?

      Given he’s never scored in the 60s

  3. broncobeta - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    What a perfect picture for this article.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… excellent work, Kurt.

  4. raysfan1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I’d rather he rest a little and be ready for the playoffs than take any injury risk, no matter how small, for something as comparatively unimportant as a scoring title.

  5. biggame28 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    lol his fans rather him have a ring. Scoring titles don’t mean jack in June.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      They ain’t winning a title. They can’t beat Miami, and they were a bonehead shot by JR away from being swept by the Knicks who were shorthanded by a LONG SHOT in both games this year.

      • lmoneyfresh - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Oh the delusion of Knicks fans amuses me.

  6. brutl - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    KD scored over 300 pts more than Melo over this season. The 4 other players in the top 5 also scored more points for the year.
    It’s kind of dumb to do it solely on ppg.

    • eboneseagles - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Injuries are also kinda dumb, ya know?

    • stoudemelo - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Okay KD played more minutes per game? You can go back and forth with this argument…. Melo earned it

  7. aboogy123456 - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Durant won’t shut up about the scoring title. He acts like he doesn’t care about stats and awards but his actions show different. Do you hear Melo talking about a scoring title? No, he just goes out and plays basketball.

    • mckaymatt - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Hmmm, actions can speak louder than words. Durant probably feels he needs to defend himself that it doesn’t matter considering he is a 3 time winner…Melo had a great year scoring. He does take a lot of shots…and his percentages show that as he is not as efficient as Durant. If Durant wanted to scoring title I can guarantee he would have taken more than 18 shots per game…Don’t be a tool.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Then don’t be one yourself. Melo’s shots are more hotly contested, he actually GETS HACKED 8-10 times a game in situations where he DOESN’T get calls, while Durant gets that same amount when no one even TOUCHES HIM. Of course he averages 4 fewer FG attempts (misses while fouls are whistled don’t count as attempts, but makes do count) when he’s getting more than a third of his points from the line every game.

        If Melo got calls for what Durant gets calls for, he’d average 35-37 PPG and you stat loving nincompoops would have to find something else to nitpick Melo about.

  8. circuscivics - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Yay for Melo! He won the scoring title! Good for him, since it is probably the only accolade he cares about. This is the highlight of his pro career. Durant, Lebron, Paul, Wade, and even Kobe, knows what really matters. Congrats again Melo on your scoring title. Maybe you can hold the trophy in your lap as you watch some of those other guys previously mentioned play in the finals.

    • eboneseagles - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Such an unnecessary hater comment. Must be either a nets, nuggets or heat fan.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I think Heat fan is a safe bet.

      • circuscivics - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Wrong on all accounts. Not a fan of any team. I just like watching good basketball. Only sport that I have any emotional attachment to is football. What is “hater” about my comment. Just because you are a knicks fan you are unwilling to admit, players like Melo, just don’t lead teams to championships. Couple of games ago he only passed the ball 14 times. Not 14 assists, but 14 passes. Name the last time he had over 3 assist? He makes none of his teammates better. All the other players I named in my previous comment do. Name a perimeter player that has lead his team to a championship playing like that? I’ll be waiting.

    • nickjackalson - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      How about All-Star Game MVP?

    • protectthishouse54 - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Chris Paul aint won sh** either.

  9. 4thquartermagic - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Hard to imagine Melo has never won a scoring title before.

    When you average 35 attempts a game and 1 assist, you’d think you’d have the title locked up by January.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Good one.

  10. beatsbythe0ne - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Smart move for Kd Get your rest so you can make a run for the CHIP!!!!

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      you mean SHIP?

      Sorry KD you had your chance last year with a better Thunder team and a worse Miami team.

      No CHIP or SHIP for you.

  11. steelerfanforlife - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Guess I need to clarify my post. I don’t think Durant should play but it seemed unnecessary to post that to Instagram. Came off a little smarmy!

  12. bux1022 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Every player that has ever won the scoring title wanted to win it! From MJ, Iverson, Kobe, KD, you name them. To think he bowed out “gracefully” is stupidity….a bunch of f%^*ing knick haters!! Congrats Melly Mel. Can’t wait to crush the celtics! Get out the broomsticks. It’s payback for last year!!

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I was going to say, it wasn’t going to happen anyway. Congrats Melo.

  14. johnnyd1956 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Not many scoring title winners have ever won a championship in the same year…I think only Jordan

  15. jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Melo should also be an MVP candidate. The Knicks are nothing without him. USA might not have won the gold medal without him. Syracuse University doesn’t win an NCAA title without Carmelo Anthony, one of the best shooters of all time already. Just watch and you’ll see. He’s no streak shooter: Carmel is a PURE shooter. Wish I was his size… just kidding (yeah right).

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      MVPs make players around them better. Melo’s game doesn’t allow this. Yes he’s the best pure-shooting offensive weapon in the game. No one can guard him one on one. However he is not a threat to pass and defends occasionally.

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