Stat Line of the Night — 4/9/2013 — Carmelo Anthony
The New York Knicks hadn’t won a division title since 1994, but last night at Madison Square Garden, they had the opportunity to claim the Atlantic Division title with a win over the Washington Wizards. And, as has been the case for the past couple of weeks, the Knicks would get the win thanks in large part to the offensive output they received from none other than Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks entered the game with 12 straight victories, while Melo entered the contest averaging 41.75 points in his last four games. He has scored at least 36 points in each of those contests, and he equaled that mark against the Wizards, scoring 36 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers during the Knicks’ 120-99 victory.
With the win, the Knicks lock up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and if they can continue to win games at this pace, it won’t be long before they clinch home-court advantage for at least the first two rounds of the post-season. As for Melo, his late-season heroics should earn him plenty of consideration for MVP honors, but for now he’ll have to settle with “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, April 9, 2013.