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Carmelo Anthony scoops first-ever NBA scoring title

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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has won his first-ever NBA regular season scoring title, narrowly beating Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

Durant and Anthony have been locked in a battle for the title for the past few weeks, but the Thunder's decision to rest their star in Wednesday's season-finale against the Milwaukee Bucks handed Anthony the honour.

The former-Syracuse star went into his game against the Atlanta Hawks averaging 28.7 points-per-game while Durant trailed his rival on 28.1 points-per-game.

But Durant's decision to sit meant that even if Anthony didn't score a single point against the Hawks, he'd still finish above the Thunder star with a 28.2 average. Anthony did not feature against the Hawks as he's being saved for the playoffs.

Had he played, Durant would have required 70 points to overhaul the Knicks star. But Thunder coach Scottt Brooks decided to rest his best player, as his team has already clinched the number one seed in the Western Conference with a 60-21 record.

Anthony becomes only the second ever Knicks player to win the NBA regular season scoring title. The first was Bernard King in the 1984-85 season.

28-year-old Anthony enjoyed an incredible run of form in the past few months, posting 36.9 points-per-game since April 1 to charge past Durant to claim the award.

And Knicks coach Mike Woodson paid tribute to his star forward. Woodson said: "I think it's great. Again, it's a nice individual award, but I know Melo's thinking bigger than the scoring title. His whole thought process has been this year is trying to get to the Finals."

The Knicks won the Atlantic Division and finished the season as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Miami Heat.

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