New York Knicks: 15 greatest individual performances of all-time

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Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
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4. Carmelo drops 50 down in Miami

Carmelo Anthony’s 2012-13 season was a beautiful sight to behold. Not only did he lead the league in scoring with 28.7 points a night, but he was also the focal point of an elite offense unit, one that set what was then a record for the most 3-pointers in a season with 891, helping get New York to 54 wins.

When the Knicks arrived in Miami for an early April matchup with “The Heatles”, they’d rattled off eight straight victories in what would ultimately be a 13-game winning streak near the start of the postseason.

Whether by sheer luck or a concerted effort, Anthony’s jumper happened to be absolutely deadly on this particular night, leading to 50 points on 18-of-26 shooting in a 102-90 victory.

Unfortunately, there is an asterisk to this game. Neither LeBron James or Dwyane Wade suited up, but as hot as Anthony was, it probably wouldn’t have mattered. Not a single one of his 26 shots came within the restricted area, and quite a few came with a defender invading his personal space. It was the hottest of hands.

Throughout that season, it was clear Anthony had improved in his decision making. He didn’t register many assists. Rather, he improved in making the right pass. On this night though, “Melo” did what he does best, jump starting a seven-game run where he’d never score less than 30 and would hit the 40-point mark in the two following games.

Anthony has faced a ton of criticism, even during his 17th season. In games like this one, it reminds us all why he’s widely regarded as one of the best scorers to every play.