What Happened Last Night: Melo Scored 50 Points, Yu Darvish Was Almost Perfect

  • Dylan Murphy

Didn’t watch sports on TV last night? Well you missed one impressive feat and one impressive almost-feat.

Carmelo Anthony scored 50 as the Knicks beat the Heat.

50 points in the NBA is 50 points, even when the opposing team rests LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. And Melo’s 50 were efficient too – 18-26 from the field, including 7-10 from three-point range, to go along with 7-8 from the line. But even though Anthony matched a career high, Miami stuck around the game until the Knicks pulled away in the final four minutes to win 102-90.

The Knicks have now won three of four games against Miami this season, which, in theory, should bode well. But Chicago and Boston have had equal amounts of regular season success against Miami in years past, and neither team has been able to beat them in a playoff series. And that’s how everyone feels about a possible Knicks-Heat matchup as well: Miami, coming off its 27-game winning streak, will be able to turn it on when it counts and pour it on New York. But for now, the Knicks have to feel pretty confident about their chances. But more importantly the win boosts their surge for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, moving New York ahead of Indiana by percentage points. If they can hold on and should both teams advance in the playoffs, they’ll likely face those same Pacers in the second round with home court.

Yu Darvish threw 8 2/3 innings of perfect baseball.

So. Close. Did you know that 5 of the 11 perfect games broken up on the final out of the 9th inning were done by pinch hitters? Not that it happened here – Marwin Gonzalez, the No. 9 hitter, smacked a first pitch fastball through Darvish’s legs and into the outfield for a single – but, you know, just FYI. Had Darvish managed to finish off the game, he would have tied the record for most Ks in a perfect game (14), and become the third non-American player to accomplish the feat.

Something something the Houston Astros doesn’t count something something, but not quite. The zero walks was on Darvish alone, and these are still professional baseball players, after all. Except Darvish was painting the corners with his fastball and keeping hitters off balance with an 82 mph curveball. The performance was nothing short of dominating, and it’s particularly unfortunate that he couldn’t even close out the game – by the last inning, his pitch count was creeping well above 100, and it was clear Rangers manager Ron Washington only left him in the game for perfection purposes.

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