Carmelo Anthony Nails 16th Late Game-Winning Shot Since 2003-04

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 26, 2017

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives the ball against Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony hit a game-winning jumper with less than a second remaining in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

It was the 16th time the star veteran has made a game-winner with fewer than five seconds remaining since he joined the league in 2003-04. That's the most of any player in the NBA since that season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Dirk Nowitzki ranks second in game-winners with fewer than five seconds over that span, tallying 13. Kobe Bryant (12) ranks third, and Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson (11 each) are tied to round out the top five.

Anthony was at the center of the Knicks' trade talks prior to the deadline, but he didn't end up leaving town. Part of the reason he's still with the team is his no-trade clause, which allows him to decline a trade to any team, regardless of whether both parties accepted it.

Despite turning 32 last May, Anthony hasn't displayed any signs of slowing down. In fact, he's upped his points per contest from 21.8 last season to 23.5 this year. The majority of his stats have declined slightly, but he's still playing at an elite offensive level.

The Knicks struggled in the first half of the season and own a 24-35 record, but they remain just 4.5 games back of the Detroit Pistons for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. If they can figure things out, there's no reason the club can't make the postseason for the first time since 2012-13.

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