Five Takeaways: Melo Drops 40 Again, Knicks Win 11th Straight

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Melo on Another Level


In recording 41 points on 17-for-28 shooting, Carmelo Anthony became just the second player since 2007 to record three consecutive 40+ point games -- Kobe Bryant is the other. Anthony was especially lethal in the second half, scoring 29 points. He led a 42-point third quarter onslaught that turned a nine-point halftime deficit into a 12-point Knick lead to start the 4th quarter. With Milwaukee creeping back into the game late in the game, Anthony scored on four consecutive possessions to put the game out of reach.

As he has done throughout this torrid scoring bonanza, Anthony showcased the offensive skill and versatility that makes him one of the league's premier players. Of his 17 baskets made, he hit a trio of threes, five shots in the midrange area and put in the other nine baskets at or around the rim. Anthony was especially disruptive in the paint, grabbing five offensive rebounds which led to putbacks and extra Knick possessions. He grabbed 14 rebounds in total -- a season high.

In the last three games, Carmelo Anthony has scored 131 points on just 81 shots. He's playing on another level offensively, as he's not only scoring, but he's passing well and rebounding. Melo looks to be heating up, which is a great sign for the Knicks with the playoffs less than a month away.

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