On Sunday night in Orlando, Carmelo Anthony suited up for his fifth All-Star game joining starters Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard for the Eastern Conference. The appearance was the first for Anthony in a Knicks uniform after the team acquired him just before trade deadline last year.
New York’s leading scorer enjoyed a solid outing in the midseason showcase and helped Team East mount a major comeback in the fourth quarter. After Deron Williams missed a three-pointer, Anthony was open for a split second to help the team take the lead. James ended up committing a turnover however and Blake Griffin hit 1-of-2 free throws to seal the 152-149 West victory.
In the loss, Anthony nearly tallied a double-double with 19 points and nine boards in 30 minutes. He was efficient, shooting 7-of-15 from the floor, 5-fo-7 at the charity stripe and adding two steals on the defensive end of the floor.
Anthony showcased his defensive skills in the first half by snatching an alley-oop attempt to Blake Griffin, which directly led to a ridiculous left-handed James transition flush. Seconds later, Anthony recorded another steal when Griffin tried to launch for a huge dunk in the paint. The Knicks small forward scored quick four points after returning at the 8:08 mark of the second quarter. With his team trailing 88-69 in the first half, Anthony registered 10 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of court time.