Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

— If the Lakers are smart on Tuesday, they’ll pump heavy doses of “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” into the Staples Center when the Knicks come calling.


Because Carmelo Anthony says Christmas music puts his team to sleep.

The folks at Madison Square Garden pumped Christmas tunes into the building on a sleepy Sunday evening, and the Knicks trailed virtually the entire game before Anthony awoke from his slumber to dominate the final four minutes of the game against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.

Despite picking up his fifth foul late in the fourth quarter, Anthony scored 12 straight Knicks points in the final four minutes as New York rallied to beat the Wolves, 94-91, behind a game-best 33 points from Anthony. “MVP” chants reigned down on Melo as he went a perfect 7-for-7 from the line in the final 1 minute, 13 seconds.

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