On the eve of the Super Bowl, Carmelo Anthony tackled LeBron James in transition during the third quarter of Saturday’s game.
The Knicks were trailing 70-61 at the time and James then made 1-of-2 foul shots.
James was seen wearing an ice pack on his left shoulder after the game in which he went for 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals in the Heat’s 106-91 win.
James wasn’t happy with the play.
“That is not the first time I’ve been tackled,” James said. “It shouldn’t be a personal foul. It’s not a basketball play but at the same time he wrapped me up and I don’t think he intended for me to hit the ground.”
Said Anthony: “He was coming at me full speed, man. I gotta get the first hit before he deliver the hit. So long as he was alright, that’s all I care about. I got the foul. I stopped him.”
Told that James was wearing an ice pack, Anthony smiled and said: “I did my job then.”
After losing the first game at Madison Square Garden by 10 points last month, James was virtually unstoppable this time around, especially in the open court
“When he gets going like he did late in the fourth, it’s tough to handle,” Anthony said.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson initially put J.R. Smith on James, and Anthony ended up trying to stop him in transition.
“He gave the assignment to J.R. and we gotta do a better job of helping J.R. in that area,” Anthony said.
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