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Carmelo Anthony got off to a hot start and looked like he was in for a monster night, as he hit his first two field goals, both of which were mid-range jumpers off dribble penetration.
However, after hitting his first two shots, he hit just one of his next five, leaving him with eight points when he went to the bench early in the second quarter. He got hot again when he checked back in and hit his last three shots before the half to finish with 18 first-half points.
In the second half, the Nets looked to keep the ball out of 'Melo's hands. And they did. But Anthony still managed to create for teammates through the double-teams, getting Amar'e Stoudemire very involved on the inside.
Anthony finished with a season-high seven assists and found a way to make an impact when the Nets were insistent on preventing him from shooting anymore. That diversification in his game is part of the reason he's a legitimate MVP candidate this season.