WATCH: Knicks' Carmelo Anthony shows why he's special with another winner
Melo is a special scorer, and he showed it again against the Timberwolves
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did not have an outstanding game Wednesday in Minnesota. He finished with 14 points on 5-for-16 shooting, including 1-for-6 from deep, plus four rebounds, two assists, three steals and three turnovers. In the final seconds, though, Anthony showed what makes him so special.
For the second time in the last few days, Anthony got the ball in an isolation situation with the game tied and the clock ticking down. On Saturday, Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist defended him on the left side. This time, it was Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins on the right side. Once again, Anthony sized him up, hit him with a jab step and nailed a contested midrange jumper to put New York ahead.
This is why opposing coaches are terrified of Anthony. No matter what kind of game is having, no matter who is guarding him, he can create these kind of shots and make them. This kind of isolation call -- or "hero ball" -- in close games gets a bad rap, but if you're going to do it, then it helps to have someone like Anthony playing hero.
To top it off, Anthony deflected Wolves guard Zach LaVine's inbound pass on the next possession, sealing the Knicks' 106-104 victory:
Everybody's favorite Knick, Kristaps Porzingis, scored 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, by the way, with eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks. One day, Porzingis will surely be the guy taking these sorts of shots for New York. For now, though, Anthony remains the No. 1 option for a reason.
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