Sam SpiegelmanCounting the All-Star Game and last night’s offensive explosion against the New Orleans Pelicans, Carmelo Anthony has been on fire of late.
Anthony dropped 30 points and set an All-Star Game record with eight made 3-pointers on Sunday in New Orleans, then followed up with a 42-point outburst to give the Knicks a 98-91 victory over the hometown Pelicans Wednesday night. In between, he posted 22 points and 11 rebounds on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, albeit in a loss.
As the weather has gotten colder in the month of February, Anthony has certainly hated up. He’s averaging 29.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the month, and has helped position the team 3.5 games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
On the season, Anthony trails only Kevin Durant for the scoring title. Durant is averaging 31.5 points per game while Anthony owns a 27.5 points per game mark. Though given Anthony’s recent surge it would not be out of the question for him to make a run for it.
Anthony is also averaging a career-high 38.8 minutes per game this season.