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.