The New York Knicks winning streak reached 10 games as the red-hot Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points – one game after scoring 50 – to defeat the Hawks in Atlanta, Wednesday, 95-82.
Those 10 games are the longest streak for the Knicks since 1993-94, when they ended up in the NBA Finals.
According to ESPN.com, Melo is the 2nd Knick since Patrick Ewing in 1989-90, to score at least 40 points in consecutive games. He fell short of his idol, Bernard King’s record of two consecutive 50-point games, but Anthony is playing the best basketball of his season at the right time; the stretch heading towards the post-season.
When he is going strong, not only is he hitting his shots at a high frequency, but he starts to pick up additional attention from defenses, opening up J.R. Smith, Ray Felton, and the rest of his teammates to better shots.
That helped the Knicks overcome an atypical defensive game by Iman Shumpert, who combined with the Knicks defense to allow Kyle Korver to score 25 points on 6-10 from 3-point land.
Korver himself, extended a streak. He passed Reggie Miller for 3rd place on the all-time consecutive games list for hitting at least one three.
But the story remains about Carmelo Anthony, who somehow elicited MVP chants from a road crowd – even if it was helped by his Alma-mater Syracuse Orange’s Final Four team in attendance.
He has shown that when he is strong, he can carry this team as well as anyone can carry their team in the NBA. Soon enough, he will have another chance to show if this can translate to a playoff run.
Knicks remain 2nd in the Eastern Conference, 1/2 game ahead of the Indiana Pacers. They play the Milwaukee Bucks Friday at MSG.