Carmelo Anthony won the battle against Kevin Durant for the NBA’s scoring title. But as far as battles go, this one wasn’t very fierce.
With Anthony up 0.51 ppg in the scoring race entering the Knicks’ final regular season game, neither he nor the Oklahoma City star saw action as they both rested before the playoffs. So, Anthony secured his first league scoring crown.
Durant, who led the league in scoring in each of the past three seasons, would have needed to score 70 points in the Thunder’s game against the Bucks to surpass Anthony. Durant posted a note on Instagram yesterday afternoon saying he would not play.
Durant posted the highest point total of the season (2,280) in 81 games played, 360 more than Anthony scored in 14 fewer games.
Anthony’s 28.7 ppg is the second-best mark of his career. He averaged 28.9 ppg in the 2006-07 season while playing for the Nuggets.
Anthony becomes the first Knick to lead the league in scoring since Bernard King, a member of the 2013 class of Hall of Fame inductees, averaged 32.9 ppg in 55 games during the 1984-85 season.