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Carmelo scores 35, gets help in Knicks’ win over Lakers

Jan 26, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

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NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony‘s record-setting 62-point performance in Friday’s win over the Bobcats was a much-needed infusion of offense into a Knicks team that had looked lifeless over its previous few games.

But considering that output has only been achieved 17 times in the last 40 years, it’s not exactly a sustainable way to go about trying to structure a stretch of winning basketball.

Anthony came out firing once again in Sunday’s matinee against the Lakers, but this time, he got some much-needed help from his teammates. Anthony did plenty in finishing with 35 points and five assists, but big games from Raymond Felton and Tim Hardaway Jr. were part of five Knicks scoring in double figures in the 110-103 victory, New York’s second straight.

“Normally when guys score big numbers they’re still sizzling a little but,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said of Anthony’s performance afterward. “I thought he came out early and established himself, and was still shooting the heck out of the ball. And it kind of carried throughout the game. His teammates rallied around him and did their part, and it was a total team effort.”

Anthony scored 10 first quarter points, but was less efficient than he was the other night in needing nine shots to get there. But it was a start, and one he followed up with 10 more in the second, this time on just four shots.

Hardaway provided the energetic spark off the bench in the second half, where he scored 15 of his 18 points over the final two periods. He got open for threes and got loose for dunks, and rightfully received his coach’s praise when it was over.

“I’ve said all along, Tim is ahead of the scale,” Woodson said. “He’s not your typical rookie. He spent some time in college. I think his dad obviously has done a hell of a job in coaching him over the years and working with him on his game. So he’s kind of ahead of the game a little bit in terms of his individual play.

“I think as the years go by and he physically gets a little stronger, he’ll be a much better defensive player,” Woodson continued. “I think he knows all the schemes, but he gets knocked off his path at times because he’s just not as physical. But offensively he’s got all the tools to be a really solid player in this league, I think.”

Felton finished with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with five assists, J.R. Smith played under control with 16 of his own, and Tyson Chandler anchored the defense inside as usual while chipping in 13 points and 14 rebounds.

It was a far cry from Friday, where Anthony turned in an otherworldly scoring effort that isn’t likely to be duplicated anytime soon. And Sunday’s 35 was a mark Anthony has reached only two other times this season. But if his teammates can give a more consistent level of production while Anthony takes on the bulk of the scoring load, obviously that’s going make a huge difference in the team’s future fortunes.

“Last year we had five guys that averaged in double figures, and I’ve always wanted a team where you just didn’t know where it was going to come from,” Woodson said. “We know Melo’s going to get his. But we need everybody to be a part of the offense, and touch the ball and feel good about themselves when they’re touching it and shooting it. The last couple of games, it’s been that way.”

  1. knicksmets - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Nice game for them, though they didn’t look dominant completely especially against Harris at times they still got the win. The lakers had a chance but the bad shots and turnovers really killed them.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Melo’s on fire and the Lakers should be beaten on the Knicks home court. After all, the Lakers’ best player is hurt.

    • chicagosports2014 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      Well said mets!

  2. misterdreamer119 - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    The Lakers best player is Gasol. Kobe is over the hill man.

    • kb2408 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      No, Kobe is hurt and out of the lineup. A healthy Kobe is still the LAKERS best player by far.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      The Lakers best player is Jordan Hill this season. D’antoni is too dumb to realize it.

  3. flyii - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    This Knick team idk what to expect anymore they show flashes but are so inconsistent it’s maddening.

  4. kb2408 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    I could never, ever root for my beloved LAKERS to lose games. HOWEVER, losing this season does not hurt my feelings in the least bit. I would much rather see the LAKERS lose this season, get a top 10 pick and start the climb back up to the top…..than to barely squeak into the playoffs and get blown out in the 1st round, which is what could ultimately happen to the Knicks.

  5. sensiblevoice - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Woodson, if you know how good Hardaway jr. Is then why not start him????? Or at least more minutes!!!!

  6. 950003cups - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Hardaway Jr is impressing a lot of people. As soon as it’s public that Kobe has a career injury in the future, Dolan will trade Hardaway Jr and three other prospects to LA for Kobe. Likely in a contract ending year as well.

    Why you ask? Cause Jimmy Dolan is the man!! Ever since he cut down on his crack habit from 12x a week to 11x, he’s been working wonders.

    Two words: Amar’e Stoudemire
    Nuff said!!!!

  7. chicagosports2014 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Good game Carmelo!

  8. billtetley53 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    I’d get used to the losing, lakerluver.(kb2408)
    Its going to go on for quite some time.

    I figured you to be swinging from a beam in your attic. Once again you disappointed everyone.

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