With his team needing a miracle on Easter Sunday, Carmelo Anthony provided two of them to help the New York Knicks collect a 100-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Anthony scored a game-high 43 points, and not only made a last-second, game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to help send the contest into overtime, but, he won the game with the same type of shot with 8.2 seconds remaining in the extra session.
The victory helps the Knicks (29-27) hang on to their slim one-game lead over the Milwuakee Bucks, who are trying to surpass New York for eighth place, the last playoff spot, in the Eastern Conference standings.
New York blew a 31-19, first-quarter lead, and trialed by nine points with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, however, with the odds stacked against them, they found themselves in the game with about a minute to go.
Trailing 91-88 with 19.4 second remaining, Chicago's Derrick Rose missed two free throws and gave the a final possession, which featured Anthony making this game-tying 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds to go in the fourth. The shot helped force overtime.
In overtime, the Knicks trailed by four, 99-95, with 2:51 to play and, again, rallied behind good defense and Anthony, who made a driving layup and sank the game-winner in legendary-like fashion.
Of course, it must be noted that on New York's final possession there were three missed shots and three rebounds, two by Anthony, who collected the ball with about 15 seconds to go and pulled-up for the win.
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