On Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns, J.R. Smith hit his second game winner this month. So it got us thinking. What are some of the other performances to remember from December?
By Caardel Eaddy
# 5: Jason Kidd: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 three-pointers (12/11/2012 vs. Nets)
Playing for the first time in Brooklyn, Kidd played hero and leader in a rivalry game against the Nets. With 24.1 seconds left in the game, Kidd hit a three-pointer and draw a foul to give the Knicks a decisive three-point lead. That would end up being the game-winning basket to push the Knicks past the Nets, 100-97.
#4: Raymond Felton: 25 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks (12/15/2012 vs. Cavaliers)
Despite shooting 9-for-20, Felton still poured in 25 points to help the Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Felton’s impact was consistent throughout – he hit timely baskets and found open teammates, especially in the second half, in which he scored 17 points and had five. With Carmelo Anthony out, Felton’s effort was the difference, and the Knicks went on to win a close one, 103-102.
#3: Tyson Chandler: 23 points and 10 rebounds (12/15/2012 vs. Cavaliers)
Chandler’s offensive efficiency was huge for the Knicks in this one. He shot 90 percent from the field, missing only a single shot. He threw down six dunks, four of which were alley-oops, and dominated the glass, pulling down four offensive rebounds in the 4th quarter alone. His 23 points came up huge in a one-point win over the Cavaliers.
#2: Carmelo Anthony: 34 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals (12/9/2012 vs. Nuggets)
Facing his old team, Anthony was unstoppable. He scored 34 points for the game — 17 in each half. He competed at a high level, flashing that signature smile as he buried shot after shot. Anthony upped the intensity for this one, leading the Knicks on both ends of the floor on the way to a 112-106 victory.
#1: Carmelo Anthony: 45 points, 5 rebounds and 5 three-pointers (12/11/2012 vs. Nets)
Anthony proved that he couldn’t be stopped. With an inside-outside game, Anthony used an array of moves to score a season high 45 points. He knocked down five three-pointers. It was a game that showcased his greatness, as he led the Knicks out of a major hole by getting to the line and keeping the pressure on the Nets all night long.
What do you think? Do you agree these were performances to remember in Decemeber? What did we miss? Comment below!