Simply put, Carmelo Anthony took over in the second half. He poured in 22 of his 32 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Anthony did most of his damage from the left side of the court (6-for-11 for 14 points) and in the restricted area (12 points).
So what changed for Carmelo, other than more jumpers falling? In Game 2, particularly in the second half, Anthony was making quicker decisions. When Carmelo caught the ball, he quickly sized up his defender and attacked. This made it much harder for the Pacers help schemes to rotate, and gave Melo more room to get his shot off.
Not only is it easier for Anthony to score when he’s making quick decisions, but the ball moves quicker around the perimeter, as well. This leads to open shots for the rest of the team. If Carmelo keeps attacking early and often the way he did in Game 2, the Knicks will be in excellent shape to advance to the Conference Finals.
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