The Knicks enter Sunday's evening's matchup against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden with a 10-9 record and an 8-3 record at home. The reason they have pulled away from mediocrity to being one game over .500 has been the play of Carmelo Anthony.
The 32-year-old is averaging 22.6 points and 6.3 rebounds through his 19 games. In the last two weeks, however, it has been his clutch shooting to seal Knicks victories that has stood out.
It started with a 113-111 New York win over the Charlotte Hornets in overtime on November 25. Melo, who finished with a game-high 35 points, drained a go-ahead fadeaway jumper over the Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with three seconds remaining.
Two games - and two Knicks losses - later Anthony was at it again. Despite scoring just 14 points in the Knicks' 106-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 30, he made his final shot attempt count.
Anthony, with Andrew Wiggins' hand in his face, made a jump shot over the former first overall pick to secure a rare Knicks road win. With the basket, he continued his ascension up the NBA's clutch shooters ranks.
From his clutch series of jumpers against the Chicago during the 2012 playoffs to his days carrying the Denver Nuggets, 'Melo' has racked up a highlight reel in the final minutes of games. With Kobe Bryant retired and Dirk Nowitzki out indefinitely, that statistic is in no jeopardy.
“I wanted that shot. I wanted that moment, to be honest with you,” Anthony said after his game-winner against the Hornets. “I felt like I had an opportunity to close it in regulation and in overtime, I did want that situation.”
Luckily for the Knicks, who play six of their next seven contests on the road, they have one more night in the Garden for Anthony to possibly take the final shot