Despite missing Chauncey Billups for a fourth straight game, the New York Knicks, led by their dynamic duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, easily dispatched of the Utah Jazz to win back-to-back games for the first time since the Anthony/Billups trade.
Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony On Court Together, vs Jazz
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stoudemire and Anthony combined for 46 of the Knicks’ 66 points when the two were on the floor together. When the two players were on the court together New York outscored Utah 66-35. Even more impressive, out of the 19 shots they took combined while on the floor together, they missed only three (16-19, 84.2 pct).
Anthony finished with 34 points, while Stoudemire had 31 points in just 24 minutes. This marked the second time since the Anthony/Billups trade that Knicks teammates have each scored 30 points in a game, and just the third time overall for the Knicks this season.
Anthony and Stoudemire both scored early and often, eclipsing the 30-point mark before the fourth quarter began. Elias tells us they were just the fifth pair of teammates over the last five seasons to do so.
AnthonyWhile this has been rare to the NBA, Anthony is no stranger to the feat as he has been involved in three of the five occurrences, including both times it has happened this season.
Speaking of Anthony, he had by far his best game as a Knick, shooting 75 percent from the field (shot 42.1 percent in first seven games) while finishing a team best +30 in plus/minus ratio. In his first seven games combined with the team he was only +7.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
• Kevin Love extended his double-double streak to 51 games, the longest single-season streak since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77.
•The Memphis Grizzlies picked up a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fifth game of their seven-game stretch against opponents with records over .500. The Grizzlies are 3-2, with wins over three of the top four teams in the Western conference (Spurs, Mavericks, Thunder). Against the West's top 4 teams (those three plus the Lakers), Memphis has an 8-6 record this season.
• The Orlando Magic played without Dwight Howard, who was serving a one-game suspension for accumulating 16 technical fouls on the season. The Magic were outscored in the paint 36-22. The 22 points in the paint for Orlando were tied for the 2nd-fewest they have scored in any game this season. Howard himself averages an NBA-best 15.1 points per game in the paint this season.