Melo Drops 50 in a losing effort

Tyler Higbee, Staff Writer

On February 7, 2011 Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets tied his career high in scoring with 50 points and the Nuggets still lost to the Houston Rockets 108-103. It was due in big part to Kevin Martin’s 37 points, which he scored 18 in the third quarter to give the Rockets a large lead. Along with Martin, Luis Scola scored 25 points for the Rockets. The Nuggets started off the game with the absence of their center Nene due to a nagging injury and lost Chauncey Billups early in the first quarter with a strained right knee. His replacement was Ty Lawson who scored 19 points in 34 minutes. Anthony shot 16 of 24 from the field and made 16 of his 18 free throws. The only other time Carmelo Anthony has ever scored 50 points was in a game on November 27, 2009 when he dropped 50 points against the New York Knicks. “The shot felt good, just attacking the rim, trying to get baskets,” Anthony said. “The jump shot was falling and it opened up drives to the rack. But 50 don’t mean nothing tonight. I’d give it back,” said Melo.
Carmelo Anthony was, on Tuesday traded to the New York Knicks in a 13 player trade between the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. This sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks.