Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By Joshua Newman, for NBA.comTHE FACTS: Strained right groin or not, the New York Knicks needed Carmelo Anthony to take control withAmar’e Stoudemire (bulging disc in lower back) and Jeremy Lin (sore left knee) sidelined. Anthony was happy to oblige.
With a noticeable limp and hampered lateral movement, Anthony gutted out a 25-point night in 26 minutes of action, all over the first three quarters, to propel the Knicks to a 108-86 victory over the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony scored 12 of his game-high 25 as part of a dominant 33-18 third quarter for the home team. Rookie guard Iman Shumpert added a career-high 25 points, while Baron Davis finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Inside that 33-18 third quarter was a season-best 21-0 run.
For the Magic, Jameer Nelson started hot with 11 points in the first quarter on his way to a team-high 17.
QUOTABLE: “He changes the game from a defensive standpoint. It didn’t hurt him tonight that he had his jumpshot going.”
— Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson on Shumpert.Read the full NBA.com Notebook here.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.