This is why the New York Knicks brought Carmelo Anthony into the mix.
The debate over whether Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can co-exist was put on hold for at least one game as Anthony erupted for 41 points while Stoudemire added 20 points in his first game since his “incident” with a fire extinguisher.
The tandem combined for 61 of New York’s 89 points and allowed Knicks fans to temporarily forget that their season was on life support.
Stoudemire did a great job on the glass with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Anthony broke a tie game by connecting on a three-pointer with 54.5 seconds left. Then, with one of the elite defenders in the NBA draped all over him on New York’s next possession, he missed a three-pointer but was able to trick Shane Battier into committing the foul.
“We gave it our all tonight,” Anthony said after the win. “We rallied the troops and we weren’t ready to go home yet.”
The main reason why New York isn’t going home is the terrific play of Anthony. He went a solid 15-29 from the field in the win, but he is still only shooting 39% from the field in this series. Anthony went 3-15 from the field in Game 1 and 7-23 in Game 3. Those kinds of shooting nights are what did in his team and prevented them from winning any of the games earlier in this series. The key moving forward for Anthony is only attempting quality shots while getting good looks for his teammates.
Things weren’t all sugar and spice for the Knicks this afternoon, though. When Davis dribbled through the middle of the paint during a fastbreak with 5:15 left in the third quarter, his right knee buckled in what appeared to be a gruesome injury. He lay on the court grimacing in pain for nearly 10 minutes until a stretcher arrive to carry him off the court.
The Knicks PR team would later report Davis had dislocated his right patella. That diagnosis is just temporary as the official diagnosis will be given on Monday after he has an MRI.
Between Stoudemire’s bulging disk, Jeremy Lin’s small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee and Iman Shumpert’s torn left ACL and lateral meniscus, the injury bug has struck often this season.
Still, thanks to Anthony’s heroics, the Knicks live to fight for at least one more day.