Report: Knicks complete trade for Hornet MVP

Knicks’ Anthony looks like MVP against Hornets.
Knicks’ Anthony looks like MVP against Hornets.

NEW ORLEANS— Carmelo Anthony knew he might have been in for a historic night. Instead, the New York Knicks’ scoring machine had to settle for just a fantastic one.

In just 28 minutes, Anthony scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the first quarter, outscoring the entire New Orleans Hornets squad over a 29-17 stretch, to lead the Knicks to a 102-80 victory and improve their NBA-best record to 8-1.

The game was so lopsided—the Knicks kept the Hornets to 32 second-half points to break up a five-point margin at halftime—that Knicks Coach Mike Woodson got to rest his star forward.

“Who knows, it could’ve been a great night,” Anthony remarked after making eight of his first nine shots and sinking two three-pointers in the first quarter. “That’s difficult to say because we were beating them by a wide margin. I am confident it will be great like that again.”

But Anthony knew this night would be exceptional. When asked when he last outscored an opponent by himself in a quarter, Anthony laughed and replied, “It was just one of those nights.”
“Hey, Melo’s an All-Star,” Woodson stated. “He’s one of the best players in the league, and he’s proven that this season. We have to keep pushing him to pay at that level, and I have to help him achieve it.”

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