April 16, 2012 12:00 AM
" For three and a half quarters, it looked like Sunday afternoon was going to be very kind to Carmelo Anthony once again.
A week after dropping 43 on the Bulls in an overtime win, Anthony was shooting the lights out once again and had his undermanned Knicks squad up by four over a Miami team that had all of its pieces in place.
Anthony had 39 points at that point and the Knicks were leading 79-75 when he hit J.R. Smith for a fast break dunk with just over eight minutes to play at a raucous Garden. The prospect of a first round date with Miami felt a lot less daunting at that moment because there wasn't much that felt daunting when talking about a Knicks team led by a player playing as well as Anthony has played over the last few weeks.
It wouldn't last "
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