Carmelo passes Durant for scoring lead
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Durant officially is in danger of losing the scoring title for the first time in three years. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points in the New York Knicks’ 125-120 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Durant scored 27. This put Anthony’s scoring average at 28.44 points a game, slightly ahead of Durant’s 28.35.
Anthony took nearly twice as many shots as Durant. Anthony shot 15-for-29 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range, along with 3-for-4 from the foul line. Durant took fewer shots but was less efficient, shooting 7-for-17 from the field and 0-for-2 from beyond the arc. He scored most of his points from the free-throw line, where he was 15-for-17. Anthony added 13 rebounds, while Durant picked up seven assists.
The Thunder (56-21) trail the San Antonio Spurs (57-20) by one game for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Knicks (50-26) lead the Indiana Pacers (48-29) by 2½ games for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat have the top spot in the conference locked up.
The scoring-title race between Durant and Anthony will be worth keeping an eye on for the final two weeks of the regular season. Of New York’s six remaining games, three come against playoff-bound East rivals, including two defensively formidable teams in the Pacers and Chicago Bulls. The Thunder have five games remaining, including two teams fighting for playoff seeds, the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz.… [For more on Carmelo Anthony passes Kevin Durant for scoring lead, click here.]