To cap off a decorated month of April for the Knicks, the NBA announced this afternoon that Carmelo Anthony and Chris Copeland won Player and Rookie of the Month, respectively.
Anthony averaged a near double-double, playing in 8 of 10 games, as the Knicks went 8-2 for the month. He paced the league in scoring at 36.9 ppg and pulled down 9.9 rpg. Anthony, who finished the 2012-13 campaign as the league's scoring champ (28.7 ppg), netted at least 40 points in three consecutive games, including tipping off the month with a career-high-tying 50 points in a 102-90 win at Miami on April 2. In scoring at least 40 in three straight games, Anthony became only the second Knick to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famer Bernard King. Anthony shot .538 from the field, .467 from beyond the arc and .836 from the free-throw line.
Copeland ranked fourth among all rookies in scoring (15.0 ppg) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.452). He recorded a season- and career-high 33 points on 12-for-29 shooting over 40 minutes on April 17 in a win vs Atlanta. This was Copeland's second time this season reaching the 30-point mark.
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