Apr 2, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates during a time out the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. New York won 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony drops 50 on Miami Heat, closes in on Kevin Durant for scoring title

Kevin Durant will tell you that he doesn’t care about it. But he has a chance to become just the third player ever to win the scoring title in four consecutive seasons if he does so this year.

Carmelo Anthony just took a big leap last night toward Durant’s league-leading 28.3 points per game when he dropped 50 points on the Miami Heat.

Anthony is now averaging 27.9 points per game and is really the only player with an actual chance to catch Durant in the scoring title race.

Anthony and the Knicks have nine games left this season. Durant and the Thunder will play eight more games.

The Knicks and Thunder still have a reason to play hard the rest of the season. The Knicks are currently tied with the Indiana Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Thunder are just a game back of the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference.

The Thunder and Knicks will also play each other one last time this season this coming Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.

Both Durant and Anthony will have reason to play a lot of minutes down the stretch this season and therefore, score a lot more.

By the looks of it – and especially because of last night – Anthony may be in more of a scoring groove of late than Durant is.

We may be in store for another great finish in the scoring race this season between two players that many call the two best scorers in the game (I know, go figure).

Thunder fans are definitely rooting big time for Durant to win this. His season has been very much overshadowed this year by LeBron James. If Durant can become the third player ever to win four straight scoring titles (and do so by taking less shots per game than Russell Westbrook) and become just the seventh player ever to shoot join to 50-40-90 club then it will be a great consolation prize for him and the Thunder faithful.

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