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His Name is Carmelo Anthony, and He Gets Buckets: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/25/14

  • As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, Carmelo Anthony was [fire emoji] [fire emoji] [fire emoji] last night, torching the Bobcats for a franchise and career-high 62 points. His name is Carmelo Anthony, and as Gus Johnson would say, “he gets buckets.” Here are all 62 points again, in case you missed it.

 

  • It seems like we’re getting career-highs every night, and joining the list last night alongside Carmelo, was the Sacramento Kings’ Marcus Thornton. He dropped 42 points on the night, including 23 in the 1st quarter. It was the first time Thornton had even scored in double digits since January 4 and the first time he’d put up 20 points since back at the beginning of December. Also tying a career-high in this one was Isaiah Thomas, who added 38 points. Unfortunately for the Kings, it wasn’t enough to knock off the mighty Pacers.

 

  • Sticking with highlight career nights, let’s check out the Nets’ Mirza Teletovic, who scored 34 points in Brooklyn’s 107-106 win over the Mavericks. Teletovic caught fire from three to provide a big boost off the bench. The big man is actually a very solid three-point shooter, hitting at a 43 percent rate for his career.

 

  • Of course, we can’t forget Chandler Parsons, who also got hot from three to score a career-high 34 points last night. Parsons hit a ridiculous 10 three-pointers in the 2nd half along last night, setting an NBA record for most three balls in a single half. Whether it was off the catch, a step back, in the corner, on the wing, four feet behind the top of the key, it simply didn’t matter; Parsons couldn’t miss. Parsons burst on to the scene last year, and has kept it up this season, averaging almost 18 points and 6 rebounds a night. Plus, he shoots over 40 percent from three, which helps spread the floor for James Harden and Dwight Howard to operate.

 

  • The Warriors and Timberwolves played to an exciting finish last night, with Kevin Martin hitting the game-winner from three with just under 10 seconds remaining. Seven of the Wolves’ last nine losses have come by five or less points, so it was nice to see them finally pick up a win in a close game.

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