Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Post Up: Melo in Miami

Carmelo Anthony drops 50 to lead the Knicks over the Heat.

by Peter Walsh

Wizards 90 (28-46), Bulls 86 (40-33)

The Bulls are stumbling to the finish line and ran into a hot Wizards team, who served them another loss. John Wall continued his tear with 27 points, 9 boards and 8 dimes, while Emeka Okafor scored 10 points and grabbed 9 boards to lead the Wiz. Late in the game, Wall hit one of two free throws to put D.C. up  84-82, but Nazr Mohammed responded with a jump hook to tie the game up with under a minute remaining. On the next possession, Nene drove the lane and found Okafor for the score that put the Wizards up for good. Carlos Boozer scored 19 and grabbed 12 boards while Nate Robinson scored 17 off the bench.

Knicks 102 (47-26), Heat 90 (58-16)

No LeBron, no DWade, but there was plenty of Carmelo Anthony. Melo came out on fire and matched his career-high with 50 points on 18-26 shooting (7-10 from three) as he led the Knicks to their third win over the Heat this season and their ninth straight overall. The Heat stuck around for much of the game—even leading by eight at the half—and their reserves gave the Knicks all they could handle but eventually ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. J.R. Smith scored 14 off the bench and Raymond Felton scored 10 and dished out 9 assists. Chris Bosh scored 23 points and grabbed 6 boards; Mike Miller scored 18 and Norris Cole scored 14 to lead the Heat.

Lakers 101 (39-36), Mavericks 81 (36-38)

On the night Shaq had his jersey retired, it was no surprise that Kobe had a few tricks up his sleeve. Bryant, whose season has been nothing short of incredible, finished with a 23-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double to lead the Lakers to a 20-point dub over the Mavs. Dallas cut the deficit to just 5 in the third quarter after an OJ Mayo 3-pointer. On the next possession, Earl Clark grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it back in and was fouled. He bricked the free throw but Gasol grabbed the board and found Clark for a 3-pointer to make it a five-point possession that put the Lakers up double-digits. Dallas never got closer than 7 the rest of the way. Dwight Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 12 boards and Clark finished with 17 points and 12 boards.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    the wizards and wall have been very impressive. unlike last years end of the season winning streak, they are actually beating some pretty good teams now

  • Max

    How were the refs in the Lakers-Mavericks game?

  • Caboose

    Dallas shot 12 free throws, LA shot 33. It was decent but lopsided. Dallas lost because they couldn’t get a rebound.

  • Max

    I was so hoping to see Dirk go for 30+ with a clutch win for the Mavs.

  • Caboose

    Yeah, Dirkus had an AWFUL game.

  • LakeShow

    So Mav’s not making the playoffs for first time in 12 years? Damn…

    Whatever you want to say about Kobe defensively this season, you can, but you cannot say a damn thing about his offensive game. He has been phenomenal in his 17th season.

    He completely proved every doubter wrong that said he couldn’t/didn’t/wouldn’t pass the rock. He is now sitting at 6.0 APG. There are only two players in the top 20 in passing in the L that aren’t PG’s. KB is one of those two. James Harden is said to be a very good play maker and passer, the opposite what of what KB is always accused of, and KB is out dishing him this year. LeBron, widely considered one of the best passing if not the best passing non-PG’s ever had .2 more apg last season that KB this season.

    Alright, sorry, I’m done now.

  • A.

    LeBron James: 6.9 assists per game for his career.
    Kobe Bryant: 4.7 assists per game for his career.

    One season being near equal doesn’t make him as good. Stop it.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, you definitively got the point.

  • LakeShow

    Does Carmelo Anthony just get all giddy every time he see’s Shane Battier in front of him now?
    Funny how one of the better defenders in the NBA is fodder for Anthony.

  • Drig

    They didn’t make too many bad decisions against any single team. Mavs just were worse than the Lakers. When Earl Clark gets the better of Dirk Nowitzki, you know you got problems.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah it seems like it. Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem get absolutely tortured by Anthony.

  • C.O.

    And Howard shot 20 of those 33 (didn’t deserve two on the four-step travel) because of incessant hacking.

  • Stony

    Kobe has my respect and he played a great game, but I didn’t like that triple-double. He stayed in the game when he didn’t need to and stat padded his way there.

  • LakeShow

    D’Antoni padded his stats you mean? Kobe doesn’t choose when he goes in and out of the game usually.

    You never pad your stats when it’s a 5 point game in the 3rd, and you play the rest of the half to get your team a 20 point win. It was close with 5 minutes to go in the 4th too. Less than 10 point game as I recall.

    I just don’t follow what you are trying to say…

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    It’s official. Melo’s the toughest cover in the NBA right now. I would not want to guard this guy for 40 minutes.

  • LakeShow

    It’s not official… He’s a top 3, or 4 guy though.
    Although LeBron is not as polished, he is a more difficult cover on a night to night basis. Ditto for Durant. Kobe is still the most skilled and he hits more shots at a higher % than Anthony. Even a guy like Tony Parker and Chris Paul can get into the conversation ahead of Melo.
    I’m not hating. Love his offensive game, but he doesn’t do this every night. There are much more consistent and multi-faceted players ahead of him.