Five Takeaways: Late Rally Could Prepare Knicks For Bobcats

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2. Carmelo Anthony puts up solid numbers


Despite shooting 8-for-21 on the night, Melo did his part in trying to get his troops back into the contest. Anthony finished with a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds while constantly beating defenders off the dribble and getting decent spacing to knock down perimeter shots.

Melo’s inside game continues to improve as he’s utilizing that specialty to get more scoring opportunities around the rim. When Melo posts up, he often demands the attention of two defenders, which leaves a shooter open in the corner. He proved to be a willing passer even during the stress of closing a 15-point gap and players like Iman Shumpert rewarded Melo's trust by knocking down their open threes.