New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will win his first National Basketball Association scoring title as Kevin Durant said he will sit out the Oklahoma City Thunder’s regular-season finale.
Anthony, who won’t play the Knicks’ finale tonight against the Atlanta Hawks while recovering from a shoulder injury and resting for the playoffs, has a 28.7 points-per-game scoring average, the best in the NBA. Durant is averaging 28.1 points and would have needed to score 70 tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks to pass Anthony for his fourth straight scoring title. Durant leads the league in points scored with 2,280, having played all 81 of the Thunder’s games. Anthony, who’s played 67 contests this season, has scored 1,920.
“SITTING OUT TONIGHT’S GAME, if you disappointed I didn’t try to go for the scoring title, oh well!!!” Durant said in an Instagram post.
Anthony, 28, will become the second Knicks player to capture a scoring title, after Bernard King won it in 1984-85, averaging 32.9 points per game. King was elected to the basketball hall of fame earlier this month.
He finished second in the race for the NBA scoring title while with the Denver Nuggets in 2006-07, averaging 28.9 points per game to trail the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who averaged 31.6.
For his 10-year career, Anthony has a 25 points-per-game scoring average. His 17,846 total points rank 65th all-time.
All 30 NBA teams will be in action tonight as the NBA regular season comes to a close. The Knicks, seeded No. 2 in the Eastern Conference, will take on the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
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