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Carmelo Anthony, SF NYK: A-
Gerald Wallace and the Nets were able to keep Carmelo Anthony in check early on, but eventually he was able to break through. He finished the first half with 15 points after the Knicks' perimeter shooters started drawing players away from the paint.
He scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half for the Knicks, helping New York build a small lead. However, that did not last.
Despite his 35 points and 13 rebounds, there was some cause for concern. In the later portion of the fourth quarter, Anthony was pressing a little bit too much and displayed some errors in judgment. It was clear that the physical defense of Wallace and Keith Bogans was really getting to him at points.
Also, with no Jason Kidd, one would really like to see Anthony with more than one assist. On top of an inability to get his teammates involved, Anthony missed five free throws in regulation (10-of-16 overall), any one of which may have won the game in the end.
Gerald Wallace, SF BKN: B+
Gerald Wallace was just as disruptive defensively as he needed to be. He was not able to slow Carmelo Anthony completely, but what he did do was stop Anthony in certain situations and force him into bad shots late in the shot clock.
That style of defense is exactly what is called for in matchups with top-tier offensive talent.
On the offensive side of things, Wallace was a part of quite a few momentum-altering plays. He contributed 16 points, including two big threes and an immense dunk.