2010 NBA All-Star Game: Denver Nuggets Duo Represents Team Well

February 14th, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »

Carmelo Anthony was challenged by the Denver Nuggets and Western Conference head coach George Karl to take the All Star game more seriously ala Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade.

On Sunday night, it was clear that message reached the superstar as Anthony was on fire from the game's start.

Melo scored easily by driving the lane and grabbing offensive rebounds for put-backs. And during a scoring run in the first quarter, Anthony sank a three-pointer and finished the first quarter with 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

Melo didn’t get back into the game until there were five minutes left in the half, but he managed to put in two more buckets, two layups. At halftime Anthony was the leading scorer with 17 points, six more than James, to go along with with eight rebounds and two dimes.

At the half, Anthony was interviewed by TNT’s Craig Sager and told him, “It looks easy; it’s not easy. We put a lot of work into our craft. We’re out here having fun. We want to win, the West wants to win. I hate losing.”

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