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Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks Are Focused

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks Are Focused

The New York Knicks are playing some of their most impressive basketball of the season, with no win more impressive than a 125-120 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend. Carmelo Anthony has led the charge recently for the team by playing arguably the best basketball of his career, averaging 41.8 in four games ended Sunday, including three straight with 40 or more, which tied a team record set by Bernard King, who was named as a member of the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame class Monday. JR Smith has also played arguably the best in his on-court career, scoring 30 or more points coming off the bench during the current double-digit winning streak.

With a three-game lead over the Indiana Pacers, who the Knicks face Sunday, and only five games remaining, it is hard to imagine New York not retaining the number two seed in the Eastern Conference. If so, the Knicks would host a decisive game seven in a second-round series against the Pacers if both teams advance past their first-round foes.

The Knicks won their 50th game of the season Sunday, something the team hasn’t achieved since the 1999-2000 season. With the playoffs around the corner, the Knicks will be looking to do something else not done since the 1999-2000 NBA season, which is win a playoff series and advance to the second round.

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