April 19, 2012 12:00 AM
" When Carmelo Anthony first came to the Knicks, there was a lot of talk about how he saw his game being similar to that of Bernard King, the supernova that burned brightly and far too briefly for the Knicks way back when.
The styles aren't exactly the same and cross-era comparisons are always imperfect, but what we've seen from Melo over the last month is the closest thing that the Knicks have had to King. And on Wednesday night in Newark, it looked like he might wind up usurping King as the franchise's single-game scoring leader.
Anthony hit his first six shots, including three threes, and wound up scoring 21 points in the first quarter as he appeared to be throwing ping pong balls into the Grand Canyon instead of shooting a basketball at a hoop. The Nets, like just about everyone else in the NBA of late, were powerless to do anything but watch as Anthony made a mockery of their defense.
King's mark of 60 (set against the Nets, incidentally) looked to be at risk and the Knicks, up 16 after one, looked to be on an easy path toward solidifying their playoff future "
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