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Melo earns East's top honors again

The NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award has turned into the Knicks Player of the Week Award.

Carmelo Anthony took top honors in the East for the second week in a row. J.R. Smith took home the award for the week of March 25-31.

Anthony scored an Eastern Conference-high 32.0 points per game and pulled down 11.5 rebounds per game last week to lead the Knicks to a 3-1 record.

New York needed Anthony's rebounding because they were without Tyson Chandler (neck) and Kenyon Martin (ankle).

With Sunday's win over Indiana, the Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed in the East. That guarantees them home-court advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Anthony had 25 points against the Pacers. That outing snapped his streak of seven straight games with at least 30 points.

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