Carmelo Anthony started his week with back-to-back 39-point, 10-rebound performances to help the Knicks snap a six-game losing streak.
He ended it with a 25-point, five-rebound, six-assist night against Cleveland on Sunday to help the Knicks clinch their first playoff berth since 2004.
On Monday, the NBA recognized Anthony's spectacular seven-day stretch by naming him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
With Sundaynight's win, New York improved to 38-38. The Knicks are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. With three wins in their final six games, they can finish at .500 for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.
“We have a team now where we want to build on it and be better and compete at a high level every year,” said Anthony, who averaged a league-best 34.3 points per game last week on 50% shooting. “Anything less than the playoffs is a failure for us from here on out.”
The Knicks completed a three-team, 13-player deal to acquire Anthony on Feb. 22. They have gone 10-12 since Anthony’s debut. The former Nuggets star has averaged 26.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his brief Knicks tenure.
Ex-Knick and current Memphis Grizzlie Zach Randolph was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.