Sometimes, the only thing you can do is tip your hat to the victor and start over.
With 04.0 seconds remaining in the first half of the New York Knicks' battle with the Portland Trail Blazers, Ronnie Price created a loose ball. As the seconds tipped away, a usual suspect decided to make a play of the year candidate on the first day of 2013.
Carmelo Anthony picked it up, turned towards the basket and threw an improbable shot off the glass at the buzzer.
Twitter instantly responded, with fans and analysts alike sharing the praise for 'Melo's latest feat—and one that seems to be on par with what we're used to seeing from the offensive juggernaut.
Marc Berman of the New York Post provided his analysis of the shot and the half.
The first half is over and Blazers lead 58-47 with Melo wild buzzerbeater. Hickson 18 points. Melo 24. Stoudemire zero.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) January 2, 2013
As for how strong Anthony's performance has been, ESPN Stats & Info provides some valuable insight.
Carmelo Anthony: 24 pts in 1st half tonight vs Blazers, T-2nd most he's scored in a 1st half this season (26 on Dec. 13 vs LAL).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 2, 2013
Anthony finished with 45 points on the evening. Unfortunately, the Knicks proceeded to lose by a score of 105-100.
They are now 21-10 on the season. NYK also falls to 12-3 at home.
Is this another highlight from what could end up an MVP season for Carmelo Anthony? Or is this just an incredible shot at the buzzer?
Regardless of which stance you take, praise the man as he deserves.