When: April 19, 2011
What Happened: 42 points v. Boston Celtics, Game 2, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
With the acquisition of Amare Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups and Carmelo leading to their first playoff appearance in seven years, the Knicks were primed to give Boston a run for their money. Until Amare went down with an injury early in Game 2, joining a previously injured Billups on the bench. But Melo came to play regardless, turning the vaunted Celtic defense into little more than a bunch of bystanders. Tying a previous career playoff high with 42 points and filling in for Amare’s absence with another career playoff high 17 rebounds, Melo was a man possessed. In the end, however, Boston’s collective depth proved to be too much for Anthony’s heroic effort to overcome. The Knicks would lose this game, and ultimately, the series, but New York got a glimpse of why Melo was worth the wait.