Carmelo Anthony was Not Happy with Refs
By Chris Greenberg
In the climactic moment of a game where he felt that he wasn’t getting enough calls, Carmelo Anthony did draw a whistle. It just wasn’t the one he needed. Anthony was denied a chance at a potentially game-winning four-point play against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden when official Scott Foster determined that a foul committed by James Harden came before the shot attempt.
The Rockets led the Knicks 107-104 with just 5.8 seconds remaining when Iman Shumpert inbounded the ball to Anthony. After catching the inbounds pass on the wing, Anthony gathered himself and turned toward the rim. Harden, meanwhile, slapped at his forearm once, then twice. With Harden appearing to be fouling intentionally on the play, Anthony eventually went into his shooting motion and got off a contested shot. It was good! But it didn’t count?
Foster had blown his whistle after the first slap by Harden and waved off the basket. The play was close enough that even the official Twitter account of the Rockets seemed to initially think that Anthony was going to get the continuation call and a chance to win the game at the free throw line.
With the basket waved off, Anthony would head to the line for two shots. He would make both to cut the Rockets lead to 107-106 but the Knicks would not get any closer and eventually fall 109-106. While the person running @HoustonRockets was relieved, Anthony was not pleased after the loss. Especially troubling him was the disparity in free throw attempts. Anthony scored a season-high 45 points but shot just 11 free throws, making nine. Harden went 16 for 18 from the charity stripe en route to 36 points.
“You look at that and you see the way that some guys get their calls; me, I got to get cut, you’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ loss, via Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “That’s where the frustration comes from.”