Melo’s monster night prompts MVP talk

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The buzzer groaned, though it was hard to hear it cut through the swirling din — two fan bases, two boroughs, 17,732 voices belonging to 17,732 people who had stayed for every second of another beautiful basketball game.

As he saw the red light glow on the backboard, signaling to his eyes that the game was over, that the Knicks had stolen this 100-97 wrestling match with the Nets, Carmelo Anthony lifted a pair of weary fists toward the roof, accepted a hug from Jason Kidd, accepted a handshake from his coach, Mike Woodson.

“We claim to be a good team, we want to be a great team,” Melo would say later, his voice raspy, his lip bloodied. “Well, a good team finds a way to win a game like that.”

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Melo’s monster night prompts MVP talk