As Knicks win second straight, Melo trying to do more with less

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony is trying to do more with less.

Anthony entered Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic as the NBA’s second-leading scorer and averaging 22 shots per game, but he says he’s consciously trying to shoot — and score — less in an effort to get his teammates more involved.

“Yeah, for me I just wanted to do something a little different, just see if it worked,” Anthony said after scoring a team-best 20 points on an efficient 6-for-10 shooting as the Knicks routed the Magic, 121-83, for their second straight win following nine losses in a row.

“Me scoring 30 wasn’t working, so it will be a time again where I need to step up and score those points but these last couple games, the guys stepped up big time and just allowed me to make them better and they made me better.”

Anthony grabbed 11 rebounds and handed our four assists.

More importantly, he only took 10 shots.

Six other Knicks reached double-figures, with Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith scoring 17 apiece.

“That is what we need,” Smith said of Anthony. “When he gets doubled he trusts us to make the right play. Our trust level is getting higher and higher.”

Anthony showed similar restraint when he went 8-for-12 for 19 points against the Nets.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Knicks won those two games by a combined 78 points.

“There’s going to be nights Carmelo gets 30 and there’s going to be nights he gets 40,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “He’s that type of player, but I’ve always since I’ve been here, I want a team offensively where you just don’t know where it’s gonna come from. And we had I think five or six guys in double-figures again tonight. And when I look at that, everybody’s being unselfish and they’re sacrificing themselves for the sake of the team.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

 




12 comments
Chris Mincey
Chris Mincey

Wow fellas, all I see is a bunch of over reacting, it's only been 2 games. Lets see where things are in a few weeks before we say the Knicks are "back".

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

There will be some speed bumps along the way, but certainly the last two games have gotten things rolling forward again.

CB
CB

LONG LONG LONG time tkb visitor first time poster. I loved seeing Melo directing O and Dissecting D from the Post past two games. I think running offense thru Melo, pnr with Chandler, pnp with Bargs, and a touch of Melo ISO and we might be cooking.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Including the time off, I'm glad Melo has gotten more time to rest these last two games as well.

maceinyourface
maceinyourface

If melo keep playing like this all new ball game.

nncyel
nncyel

@Chris Mincey Exactly. Can't believe the reactions. The team is 5-13, still one of the worst records in the league, with wins over Brooklyn and Orlando, two of the Knicks compatriots as bad, bad teams. 

I'm optimistic because their style of play has changed and changed in the direction of more team play which is the only way they can win in the long term, but can we at least them get back to .500 before we talk about Miami and Indiana quaking in their sneakers. Sheesh!

CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

@Jaime It is that simple Jaime, thx!  The players and experts (Wally Z) say that he does what he has to do when no one else scores.  Always has been like that.  When they score, he can score less and do other things.  That simple!

nncyel
nncyel

@Jaime Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Do you actually watch the games? Just look at the actual numbers: Melo shots per game minutes career 19.6. 2013 21.6. So he's shooting as much as ever this year, in fact 10% higher than career. But the last two games, 10 shots and 12 shots. That's almost half. That's huge. If you can't see the difference in the way they've been playing team ball the last couple games compared with most of the season you're blind.

Agee's Catch
Agee's Catch

@akamarb If Melo finished 24/10 with 5 assists, then pour on the accolades. I contest that the more he scores, the worse we'll be.