New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is what most would call a professional scorer.
But for the Knicks, who enter this afternoon's game against the Celtics with a 5-13 record, big-scoring games from Anthony have been bad for business most of this season. So bad, in fact, that the only thing keeping them from hitting rock bottom in the Atlantic Division is their borough brethren, the Brooklyn Nets (5-14).
However a two-game winning streak has been a pleasant change of pace for New York, a run that has been fueled in part by Anthony providing more by doing less scoring.
Don't get it twisted. Anthony is still getting his points. But instead of waves, they're coming in steady trickles.
He has averaged 19.5 points in New York's last two games, but he has done it by taking just 11 shots per game while shooting 63.6 percent from the field.
To put that change in perspective, the Knicks had lost their previous nine before this two-game spurt of success. During the losing streak, Anthony took 23.2 shots per game while connecting on just 43.5 percent of his shots.
"I wanted to do something a little different to see if it worked," Anthony told reporters recently. "Me scoring 30 wasn't working."
In losses this season, Anthony has averaged 26.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Victories this season have included him averaging 22.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
But if you think that Anthony's shot-chucking ways are gone, think again.
"There'll be a time again where I need to step up and score those points," Anthony said. "But the last couple games, the guys stepped up big time and it just allowed me to make them better and they made me better."