Carmelo Anthony was so efficient and so lethal Tuesday night that anything seemed possible.
“Honestly, I thought he was going to score 50,” Tyson Chandler said.
Anthony definitely had that look, but ultimately the Knicks were too strong, and the undermanned New Orleans Hornets so defenseless that Mike Woodson used the last 16 minutes of Tuesday’s 102-80 victory to rest his superstar forward in advance of Wednesday’s game against Dallas.
“It could have been a great night. Who knows?” Anthony said. “It’s kind of hard to tell. We’ll see. I’m pretty sure there’ll be nights like that again.”
Anthony finished with 29 points in 28 minutes as the Knicks began their second three-game road trip in consecutive weeks with a victory. At 8-1 they own the NBA’s best record and perhaps its best player at this very moment.