Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 4/3/13
A certain New York Knicks star did his best J.R. Smith impression against the Heat on Tuesday night, but also made sure to throw in some of his own signature moves as well.After playing more of a secondary role last week while Smith led the Knicks to a 4-0 record and earned himself "Eastern Conference Player of the Week" honors, Carmelo Anthony made sure to re-emerge when his team needed him most.Anthony took on Miami almost single-hanedly on Tuesday, scoring at will against a Heat team that was without the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers. Of course, such absences shouldn't have been used as worthy excuses, as New York has defeated the number one seed numerous times this season without the likes of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.With STAT sidelined once more against the championship contender, Anthony proved he had what it takes to carry his team to victory all on his own. The Syracuse product tied a career-high with 50 points, pouring such a total in while draining seven three-point field goals and shooting 18 of 26 from the field overall.Whereas the Heat weren't at full strength, neither were the Knicks. Though New York received a boost in the form of Tyson Chandler's return to the hardwood, the fact remains that the Knicks are still short-handed. It wasn't until later in the second half that New York fully began to pull away, eventually securing an 102-90 victory.The likes of Mike Miller (18 points) and Ray Allen (16 points) helped the Heat stay afloat through much of the game by helping Miami spread the floor, making New York's defense a bit more vulnerable. Chris Bosh led his team with 23 points.Though the Heat put forth a rather solid effort with its B-team taking the court, Anthony's offensive prowess was just too much for the opponent to bare down the stretch. His pull-up jumper is embedded with the confidence to that of Michael Jordan's. When he's comfortably knocking those shots down, there's very little that can be done to cool him off. He's the type of player that can flip a switch and turn up the intensity down the stretch, as though he has ice in his veins. It was just one of those nights.While Anthony clearly carried his team to victory in this one, there were other positives to be had throughout the contest. Iman Shumpert rose above and returned to the Miami hardwood for the first time since tearing his ACL, and continued to prove he'll be able to hold his own and play a vital role well through the playoffs. He finished with a rather modest 8 points, but his ability to help the Knicks spread the floor and serve as a threat from long-range is continuously becoming known as a difference-maker as of late. He helps New York stretch opposing defenses.J.R. Smith added 14 points and Raymond Felton also scored 10 points for New York, who will look to extend their season-high nine game winning streak up to double-digits against the Hawks on Wednesday.
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