Carmelo Anthony was either unwilling or unable to demand the ball and therefore unable to rescue the Knicks on Sunday. With the postseason slipping away and J.R. Smith left to fire away at will, Anthony was reduced to being the NBA’s most famous and expensive decoy.
Amar’e Stoudemire admitted that the Knicks failed to take advantage of the Miami Heat’s smaller lineup in a game that saw J.R. Smith attempt an NBA record 22 3-pointers on Sunday. ‘Yeah they went small,’ Stoudemire said.
For the first time in his professional career, Carmelo Anthony can’t do what he’s paid to do. He physically can’t shoot or play his usual aggressive brand of basketball.
The NBA playoffs are coming. So much for predictability.
For the 41st game in a row, Kevin Durant scored at least 25 points. Not even Michael Jordan ever did that.
Given an opportunity to clinch a postseason berth, the Trail Blazers made the most if it.
The Portland Trail Blazers clinched a berth in the NBA playoffs for the first time in three years on Sunday with a 100-94 home court win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The fire and police departments faced some heat at an unexpected location: a charity hockey game where the two teams traded blows.
Oklahoma City will need Russell Westbrook’s energy to stack up against Los Angeles, a top Western contender with an elite point guard.
Klay Thompson scored 33 points, Stephen Curry added 31 points and 16 assists, and the Golden State Warriors eased past the Utah Jazz 130-102 Sunday night to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
Atlanta now owns a two-game advantage for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
James Harden had 32 points and Chandler Parsons scored eight points in overtime to lift the Houston Rockets to a 130-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
Atlanta got Indiana at exactly the right time.
Kawhi Leonard matched his career high with 26 points, Manu Ginobili had a season-high 26 and the San Antonio Spurs eased to a 112-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday after losing Tony Parker to injury.
Monta Ellis scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks kept their playoff position with their third straight win, a 93-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
J. R. Smith set a team record for 3-pointers and an N.B.A. record for 3-point attempts, but an ailing Carmelo Anthony disappeared from the offense, and the Knicks had no discernible defense.