[sny-box]The Least You Should Know
Carmelo Anthony had 29 points on 50% shooting, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Raymond Felton had 13 points, 14 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Amar'e Stoudemire had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
JR Smith did not play - coach's decision.
LeBron James had 32 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 6 turnovers for the Heat. Dwyane Wade added 23 points.[/sny-box]
Let's get this out of the way before I get to how awesome the Knicks played. I am thrilled that Mike Woodson finally benched JR Smith. He was more focused on untying shoes than playing basketball, and it was hurting the team. Added to the fact that he's been playing badly all season. He's going to have to earn his playing time back.
Anyway, Carmelo Anthony was amazing. He played a "LeBron-like" game in terms of the amount of effort he put out there, especially on defense and the transition game. He passed effectively out of double-teams. And you expect him to score around 30 points and shoot 50% from the field.
But the success on the offensive end starts with Raymond Felton running the pick and roll, especially with Melo, Amar'e, and Bargs. It opened scoring opportunities in the post for those guys and a few open three point shots for Shump.
Next Game: The Knicks visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at 7:30pm.