Originally written April 28, 2013 on Celtics Life:
I would guesstimate that 90% of the time when a player scores 36 points, they had a pretty damn good game. After all, 36 is about 7 more than the leading scorer averaged this season, and in general it's just difficult to score that many and have a bad game. With that said, Carmelo Anthony's 36 point performance in Game 4 against the Celtics was absolutely the exception to that rule. Melo shot 10-35 from the field, 0-7 from three-point range and 16-20 from the free throw line, an amazingly inefficient game that ended up costing the Knicks a chance at the sweep. So just how bad was Melo's performance? Well using basketball reference's play finder I took a look at other players that have chucked up 35+ shots from the field and 20+ free throws in the same game. The results were amazing. Looking at the chart, Melo became just the 11th player to shoot the requisite number of times and his 36 points are by far the lowest on the this (next lowest: AI with 46). H...
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