Carmelo dropped 39 bombs on the Nets, while Chauncey Billups and Amar'e Stoudemire contributed 33 and 23 points respectively, to achieve a second consecutive win for the Knicks and to reduce the magic number to three. Once again however, after the Knicks fell down by double digits (16 points) and were basically embarrassed in the first half, Anthony provided defensive focus and intensity that this collection of Knicks is going to need from him on a consistent basis. In the two Knicks wins, Anthony has gone beyond his average statistics and the common perception that he is a lax defender. When he came from Denver, he averaged 25.2 points, 7.6 boards and 2.8 assists. In the Knicks two recent wins, he average 39 points and 10 rebounds to go with 3.5 five assists. Carmelo will need to be better in New York than he was in Denver for the Knicks to be contenders. Mike D'Antoni sees Melo as a triple-double machine waiting to happen. Can Melo be that player, sustain this level of play for a season, or even a playoff series?