Celtics vs. Knicks: Carmelo Anthony’s Triple-Double Outshines Paul Pierce’s 43

April 17th, 2012 by Ryan Rudnansky Leave a reply »
Paul Pierce did everything in his power to lift the Boston Celtics over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night, but Carmelo Anthony's triple-double, combined with the Knicks' deadly three-point shooting, proved to be too much.

Pierce ended up dropping 43 points at Madison Square Garden, going 11-of-19 from the field and 17-of-18 from the free-throw line. But it was Anthony who had the last laugh, posting a staggering triple-double of 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists en route to a 118-110 victory.

It's been said over and over again that Anthony is not a team player, but perhaps, it's just that he has trouble meshing with other stars on the court. The fact of the matter is, he was a team player on Tuesday night, evidenced by his 10 assists, and he's been a big part of the Knicks' success without the injured Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin.

While Stoudemire and Lin have played vital roles in the Knicks getting to where they are, it's hard to imagine where the Knicks would be without Anthony. While they've been absent, their starting power forward and point guard, has posted at least 18 points in his last 11 games and been generally efficient while ...

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