Carmelo Anthony Happy to Score a Career-Low 1 Point in Knicks’ Win

by January 25, 2012

The New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak in Charlotte last night, and did it largely without needing the services of one Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo, facing growing criticism for his struggles offensively, says that he was pleased to take a back seat for once. Per the NY Post: “Anthony’s one point was a career low, and it was the first time he failed to sink a field goal since Nov. 28, 2005. ‘I needed a night like this, where I didn’t have to do too much and we still won the game by a lot,’ Anthony said. ‘We just had it going. Everybody had it going. I needed a night like this when I score one point and we win by 20. We all got tired of losing.’ Anthony, who has been in a massive shooting slump and vowed to pass the ball more, did just that. But he went 0-for-7 as injuries continue to affect his shot. His lone point came on a free throw off a technical foul in the third quarter after going scoreless as the Knicks built a 52-42 halftime lead. With Anthony nonexistent offensively, slumping Amar’e Stoudemire and center Tyson Chandler each played their best game in two weeks with rip-roaring performances. Chandler owned the offensive glass and punished Charlotte for 20 points and 17 rebounds (nine offensive). Meanwhile, Stoudemire sank mid-range jumpers and tore to the hole for thunderous dunks in notching 18 points (7-of-12 shooting) and eight rebounds. Anthony, who chipped in 11 rebounds and four assists, was outscored by all 12 of his mates, including Renaldo Balkman, Jeremy Lin and rookie Jerome Jordan. After Saturday’s sixth straight loss to the Nuggets in which he was booed, a reflective Anthony said he may need to take fewer shots and get the ball more to Stoudemire. ‘I just wanted everybody to get back their confidence,’ said Anthony, who now is shooting a dismal 39.6 percent. ‘I told you the other day I was going to do a good job getting guys more involved. I did that tonight.'”