Carmelo Anthony was aware of the standings and the injury report.
With Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin out and Milwaukee in town, the New York Knicks couldn’t afford more of the mediocre Melo.
“Tonight it was a game we had to win,” Anthony said. “And I wanted to do everything in my power to do it.”
Anthony scored 28 points, delivering his highest total in two months without the injured Stoudemire and Lin, and the Knicks beat the Bucks 89-80 on Monday night to increase their lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.