Historic scoring title chase heats up

The New York Knicks will visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night riding the hot hand of Carmelo Anthony, who is making a late push for the NBA scoring title after scoring 90 points over his last two games.

Anthony’s 90 points are the second-most over a two-game span this season, just two points behind Stephen Curry and one point ahead of Kevin Durant for that distinction. The scoring title race is now on as Kevin Durant leads Anthony by just 0.18 points per game, which would be the third-slimmest margin in NBA history.

Carmelo Anthony Shooting 15+ Feet
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Carmelo excelling from 15-plus feet

The key to Anthony’s recent scoring surge has been his prowess in shooting from 15-plus feet, where 64 of his 90 points have come from over the last two games.

Anthony was averaging nearly 12 points per game from at least 15 feet prior to Tuesday's game with the Heat, the second-most in the league.

He has nearly tripled that production over the last two games. This monster two-game stretch is highlighted by Anthony’s 65.1 percent shooting from outside 15 feet in that span, nearly 30 points higher than the league average.

Durant chasing history

Kevin Durant became the youngest player to win three straight scoring titles last season and looks to cement his place in history with a follow-up effort this season.

Winning a fourth consecutive scoring title would put Durant in another stratosphere of scoring greatness and consistency, as he’d join Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to win at least four straight scoring titles. Chamberlain won seven straight scoring titles from 1959-66 while Jordan also won seven straight from 1986-93.

Durant is also looking to achieve something Michael Jordan never accomplished in his career. He is currently on pace to become only the third forward in NBA history to complete a season in which he shoots 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line, and 90 percent from the free throw line, joining Dirk Nowitzki (2006-07) and Larry Bird, who achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (1986-88).