When: April 17, 2010
What Happened: Score playoff career high 42 points v. Utah Jazz, Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals
Denver fell just two wins short of an NBA Finals appearance in 2009, losing the Western Conference Finals in 6 games to the eventual champion Lakers. With that thought on his mind for an entire year, Melo couldn’t wait for another crack at a championship. So when the 2010 Playoffs commenced, he was ready. Utah clearly wasn’t. Anthony displayed the entire repertoire, weaving through and rising over Jazz defenders with surprising ease. Finishing with 42 points and a convincing win, his explosion would set a tone for the series, as Denver would win in 6 games.