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Carmelo Anthony recently displayed his ability to hit the big shot when he beat Chicago with a 3-pointer on national TV
Carmelo Anthony showed a national television audience just how clutch he can be recently when he drained a 3-pointer with just 8.2 seconds to go in overtime to lead the New York Knicks past the Chicago Bulls.
Anthony deemed the shot one of the biggest of his career.
“Overtime. Easter Sunday. Everybody’s watching. This ranks as one of the top. At that point, I was thinking something had to go. If I take the shot and we make it, we win. If we don’t, we lose the game,’’ Anthony told the New York Post.
Coming up big in crunch time is nothing new for Anthony. According to 82games.com he's the third most clutch player in the league this season. In fact, if you projected his clutch-time stats out over a full 48 minutes he would average 43.6 ppg., 12.1 rpg., and 3.4 assists.
Clutch stats are defined by the Web site as those compiled by a player in the final five minutes of a game or overtime in which the player's team leads by no more than five points and trails by no more than five.
Further statistical evidence seems to support Anthony's clutch performances. According to ESPN.com, Anthony made 21-of-44 field goals (in situations in which his teams trailed by either one or two points or was tied in the final 24 seconds) in games dating from the start of his career through late January of the 2011 campaign.
You haven't heard too much recently from critics who insisted the Knicks should dump Anthony during the peak of Lin-sanity. It's surprising what a clutch hoop can do for your rep.