He didn't get to 40, but in the end, that didn't really matter -- Anthony played the Knicks' Superman once again. Rather than rain jumpshots, he opted to attack the rim, taking half of his shot attempts in the paint. He put back a number of his own shots, displaying the strength, quickness and relentlessness that make him one of the most difficult players to guard in the NBA. He took over the game in the second half, scoring 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
Maybe the most amazing thing about Anthony's performance is that he didn't draw a shooting foul all game. The only time he got to the line was when the Thunder were fouling late in the game. Having taken 14 shots in the paint, it's bizzarre that Anthony wasn't rewarded by the officials. Nonetheless, Anthony was unflappable and continued to dominate despite the lack of calls he was getting. 'April Melo' is usually the best regular season Melo and that's the case this year, as well. He's totally focused and locked in. And totally fun to watch.