Carmelo Anthony: Ranking his most clutch shots and game-winners

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 08: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks shoots the game game tying three pointer in the fourth quarter as Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls looks on at Madison Square Garden on April 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) /

4) Carmelo Anthony’s most clutch shots: Easter 2012

Perhaps the greatest moment in Carmelo Anthony’s career as a Knick came on Easter Sunday in 2012. Besides pouring in 43 points on 16-31 shooting, Anthony came up clutch twice in leading New York to a 100-99 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The high camera view of the Garden reacting to Anthony’s two clutch threes was reminiscent of seeing the crowd react to Larry Johnson’s 4-point play against the Indiana Pacers in the 1999 playoff run to the NBA Finals.

Every Knicks fan remembers these two shots.

Off a missed free throw, with the Knicks trailing by three in regulation, the Knicks quickly got the ball to Melo who brought it past midcourt, wasting no time in launching a three-pointer that tied the game with 11.2 seconds remaining.

Anthony’s second clutch shot of the day came during the extra frame. This time, with the Knicks trailing by two, off a missed three-pointer by JR Smith, the Knicks reset the play, and from almost the identical spot of the floor as his game-tying dagger, Anthony launched a three to give the Knicks a 100-99 lead that would prove to be the final score.

When I think of Carmelo Anthony’s time in New York, I always think about this game.