Knicks beat Pelicans
(AP) — Carmelo Anthony made up his mind. He was taking the big shots in crunch time, and there wasn’t anything 6-foot-10 All-Star Anthony Davis or anyone else on the Pelicans could do about it.
“It was just a game where I didn’t want to see slip away,” Anthony said.
His 12-foot jumper over Davis from the left side of the lane with 1:14 left, followed by a strikingly similar 14-footer over Luke Babbitt half a minute later, capped a 42-point performance that lifted the New York Knicks to 98-91 victory Wednesday night and halted a three-game skid.
Looking to somehow stop Anthony from beating them in the waning minutes, the Pelicans sent Davis to the perimeter to guard New York’s prolific scorer. But Anthony had no intention of giving up the shot, and had a plan to create an open look against the NBA’s leading shot blocker.
“Without a doubt. I knew once I beat him, just get a little bit of space from him, I had a chance of making the shot,” Anthony said.
A night after losing at Memphis, New York blew a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead before Anthony took over.