By Tommy Rothman
All eyes in the NBA were on New York City as the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets faced off on December 11, 2012, with the Knicks looking for their first win over their new crosstown rivals.
The Nets came out hot, and before the Knicks could blink, they were down 26-9. Then Carmelo Anthony got into a rhythm. Melo hit an open Raymond Felton in transition for a 3 to break Brooklyn’s momentum, then started raining down jumpers and getting to the rim at will. By the end of the first half, Anthony had 22 points and the Knicks had cut the gap to four. Melo picked up right where he left off after the intermission, hitting a deep three early in the 2nd half to give the Knicks the lead.
Melo never let up as the game came down to the wire. As the game headed into its final moments with the score tied at 97, the Knicks superstar had already put up 45 points, hit five shots from beyond the arc, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out three assists. With the clock ticking down and Brooklyn’s defense swarming the red-hot Anthony, Melo decided to swing the ball to J.R. Smith, who quickly sent it to Felton. Felton dribbled towards the middle looking for Anthony. Melo had Gerald Wallace all over him, but as a result, there was a huge amount of space on the perimeter. The crafty veteran Jason Kidd shuffled over near the top of the key, got the ball from Felton, and knocked down the game-winning shot, completing New York’s thrilling comeback which had been led, of course, by their star forward Carmelo Anthony.
Melo’s terrific game against the Nets was yet another addition to his growing list of dominant performances.