Off the court during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was busy parrying media inquiries regarding his offseason plans and trade rumors, but on the court during Sunday’s All-Star Game, he was busy chasing an NBA record—at least after he realized it. Anthony set the record for most 3-pointers in an NBA All-Star game, connecting on 8-of-13 from behind the arc.
“One of the kids on the bench was telling me that,’’ said Anthony, who broke the previous record of six 3-pointers set by Eastern Conference teammate LeBron James and former All-Star Mark Price. “He tapped me on my shoulder and said I tied the record and I was like, ‘What record are you talking about?’ Obviously my teammates knew (because) they kept finding me, so all I had to do was just space the court and make the shot.’’
Anthony finished the game with 30 points, including 20 in the first half as the Eastern Conference went on to top the Western Conference 163-155. Overall, he shot 10-of-18 from the field, but did most of his damage from 3-point range.
The Eastern Conference overcame a 13-point halftime deficit with an 87-point effort in the second half. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving put forth a 15-point performance in the final quarter, which earned him MVP honors with 31 points and 14 assists.