The Knicks star did all he could to prove Dudley wrong in New York’s 117-110 win over the Wizards yesterday.
Anthony scored 37 points on 18 shots, grabbed seven rebounds and dished four assists. He made 2-of-3 shots – including a jumper that put the Knicks up for good – and drew three fouls while being guarded by Dudley. After one, the forwards chirped at each other and drew technical fouls.
Though Dudley already apologized for his remarks, they clearly fueled Anthony.
“It got back to me. It definitely got back to me. I might not look at and read all that stuff. It gets back to me.”
“It becomes competitive at that point and shows what you’re made of,” Anthony said. “Tonight was one of those nights. It had nothing to really do with him, but this was a game that I circled on my calendar. I’ll see him three more times.”
Bad news for Anthony: The Knicks have just two more games against the Wizards – Feb. 9 and March 19.
But if he keeps using this as motivation, maybe New York will meet Washington in the playoffs.
I think Anthony is overrated, but he’s also darned good and has played extremely hard when healthy the last couple years. The Knicks are a different team when he’s on the court and engaged, as Dudley saw firsthand.