Bernard King is watching with pride and awe as Carmelo Anthony’s record-setting exploits unfold. Tomorrow, King officially will be named a Hall of Famer, as reported by The Post on Friday. Despite his own honor, King couldn’t have been prouder of Anthony, who came to New York announcing King was his boyhood idol, and is living up to that scoring legacy. Today against the Thunder, in the biggest test to the Knicks’ 11-game winning streak, a raging-hot Anthony and Kevin Durant will go mano-a-mano. They are battling for the scoring title, with Durant in the lead and holding the tiniest edge, one-tenth of a point: 28.4 to 28.3. Anthony, for all his prodigious scoring exploits, never has won the scoring title. Durant never has had three straight games of 40 or more points. Anthony tied King’s Knicks’ record of three straight games of 40 or more points in Friday’s 101-83 win over the Bucks and will look to break it today. He posted 50, 40 and 41 points on the Heat, Hawks and Bucks, respectively. “Melo is playing the best basketball of any player in the NBA,’’ King told The Post. “He’s the best scorer in the league. He’s playing phenomenally. There’s nothing you’re going to do defensively that’s going to stop him. He can handle, shoot, pass rebound, penetrate. He can put the ball on the floor and handle the ball in transition. He can post up down low. He’s very difficult to prepare for. “I’ve enjoyed watching him. I was hoping he would break my record [Friday].’’ King still holds the distinction of having back-to-back 50-point games for the Knicks — on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 1984. Anthony had the chance to match him in Atlanta on Friday, with King watching. Anthony rang up 36 after three quarters before asking coach Mike Woodson for extra rest in the fourth. When he re-entered the game, Anthony passed instead of forcing shots, and it keyed the victory. “It was rooting for him to score 50 and 51,’’ King said.
Knicks legend King cheering on Anthony’s high-scoring performances
Published On: Apr 07 2013 04:14:23 PM EDT Updated On: Apr 07 2013 04:14:23 PM EDT
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