In just his sixth career NBA game November 7 versus the Los Angeles Clippers , Anthony scored 30 points, becoming the second youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points or more in a game 19 years, days; Kobe Bryant was the youngest.
On February 9, , against the Memphis Grizzlies , Anthony became the third-youngest player to reach the 1,point plateau in NBA history with a point effort in an 86—83 win.
On February 13, , Anthony participated in the Got Milk? Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend. After winning the Rookie of the Month award for the Western Conference in the month of April, Anthony became the fourth player in NBA history to capture all six of the Rookie of the Month awards in a season. In the season before Anthony was drafted by the team, the Nuggets finished with a 17—65 record, which tied them for worst in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They finished the —04 campaign with a 43—39 overall record, qualifying them as the eighth seed for the playoffs. In Anthony's first career playoff game, he had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, in a —92 loss at Minnesota. Anthony placed 16th in the NBA for points per 48 minutes.
Anthony played again in the Got Milk? Rookie Challenge, this time suiting up for the sophomore squad. In front of his home fans of Denver who were hosting the All-Star Game , Anthony scored a game-high 31 points to go along with 5 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals, en route to becoming the MVP of the game.
The Nuggets finished seventh place in the Western Conference one spot higher than they finished the previous season. Denver faced the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round, winning the first game in San Antonio , 93— On November 23, , with the Nuggets facing the two-time defending Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Pistons, Anthony hauled down his 1,th career rebound.
A month later, Anthony recorded a then career-high 45 points in a losing effort against the Philadelphia 76ers. On March 17, , versus the Memphis Grizzlies , he scored 33 points to push his career point total over the 5, mark.
He also took home Player of the Week honors for March 13, — March 19, Anthony also made a shot in the final seconds to force overtime vs. The Nuggets finished the season in third place, winning the Northwest Division for the first time in Anthony's career.
Denver faced the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers held home court advantage in the series, due to ending the regular season with a better record Denver finished 44—38; Los Angeles finished 47— The Clippers won the first two games of the series on their home floor.
In the eighth game of the season a — home win against the Toronto Raptors , Anthony tied the franchise record of six-straight point games recorded by Alex English —83 season.
Anthony fell short of establishing a new record in his ninth game a — home victory over the Chicago Bulls on November 21, as he finished with 29 points. The duo didn't get to play alongside one another until a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 22, which was the day Anthony was allowed to return from his game suspension. On February 2, , Anthony and teammate J.
Smith were involved in a minor car accident. The only information released by the team was that the car Smith was driving belonged to Anthony. Three days later, Anthony recorded his first career triple-double , with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, in a — loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Anthony won Player of the Week honors three times during the season November 20—26; November 27 — December 3; and February 5—11 ,   and received Player of the Month honors for April, after leading the Nuggets to a 10—1 record for the month and into sixth place in the final regular season standings of the Western Conference.
Anthony finished the season as the league's second leading scorer behind Bryant, with an average of For the second time in three years, Anthony and the sixth-seeded Nuggets faced the third-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. In a virtual repeat of the first round playoff matchup between the two teams, Denver won the first game in San Antonio, 95—89, only to lose the next four games to the eventual NBA champions.
The Nuggets were eliminated in the first round for the fourth straight year. In the playoff series against the Spurs, Anthony averaged a team-high He tied his career-high in blocks per game 0. The Nuggets finished the —08 season with exactly 50 wins 50—32 overall record, tied for the third-best all-time Nuggets record since the team officially joined the NBA in , following a — home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the last game of the season.
The Nuggets faced the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers 57—25 overall record in the first round of the Playoffs. The seven games separating the Nuggets overall record and the Lakers overall record is the closest margin between an eighth seed and a top seed since the NBA went to a team playoff format in — He opted to have the hand splinted rather than have surgery; his recovery time was estimated at three to four weeks.
He had already missed three games in late December with a sore elbow. Anthony returned from injury and to the Nuggets starting lineup on January 30, in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats in which he scored 19 points.
After losing in 5 straight playoff appearances — , on April 29, , Anthony won his first playoff series when the Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets at home —86 where Anthony finished with a playoff career high 34 points and 4 steals. In a post-game conference Anthony said "Yeah, finally.. Took me 5 years to get that gorilla off my back, it's a great feeling.
In the third game of the semifinals, Anthony made a last second three-point shot to give the Nuggets the win after being down by 2 points — Denver advanced to the conference finals for the first time since but was eliminated, 4—2, by the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on his birthday. He finished the game with a team-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, in a losing effort as the team bowed to the Eastern Conference team.
While LeBron James posted a triple-double of 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, Anthony compiled 40 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in an overtime win as Anthony nailed a jumper over the outstretched arms of James with just 1. However, the Nuggets lost the series to the Utah Jazz 4—2, with Anthony averaging a playoff career-high Anthony as a member of the Nuggets. Anthony refused to sign a proposed contract extension.
On November 15, , Anthony had 20 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the first 20—20 game of his career against the Phoenix Suns. Anthony's first game with the Knicks was a — win against the Milwaukee Bucks in which he scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds and an assist. After Anthony's acquisition, the Knicks qualified for the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and were matched up against the Boston Celtics. During the series, the Knicks struggled with injuries as Amar'e Stoudemire and Billups went down.
In game 2 of the NBA playoffs in Boston, Anthony tied a playoff career high with 42 points and also had 17 rebounds and 6 assists in a Knicks loss.
The Knicks fell to the Boston Celtics in four games in the first round of the playoffs. The —12 season brought new expectations, as the season would be Anthony's first full season as a Knick. The Knicks struggled throughout the season, as injuries derailed the team. Anthony himself missed 11 games; during this stretch the Knicks inserted Jeremy Lin as the team's starting point guard.
This led to a historic stretch of games by Lin, and a period of basketball hysteria known as Linsanity. Anthony was assumed to have a role in the coach's departure, as he was not a good fit in D'Antoni's high paced offense. On Easter Sunday, Anthony had arguably his best game in a Knicks uniform as he scored 43 points and hit two clutch three pointers in a victory over the Chicago Bulls. During the series, the Knicks were hampered by injuries as they were a season before. Tyson Chandler was diagnosed with the flu for game 1, Iman Shumpert tore his ACL , Baron Davis tore his patella tendon, and All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire suffered a laceration on his hand after punching a fire extinguisher out of anger after a loss.
In addition, Jeremy Lin had torn his left meniscus before the playoffs started. Despite the injuries, Anthony was able to lead the Knicks to their first playoff win since In the game, Anthony scored 41 points. The Knicks were eventually eliminated in 5 games, 4—1. For the said period, Anthony led the Knicks to a mark, averaging a league-best Anthony scored over 30 points in two contests. During that time, he led the team to a record, tallying a league-best The week was highlighted by a pair of point games, first in a loss to Portland 45 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists on January 1, and then in a victory over Orlando 40 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists on January 5.
On March 29, , Anthony recorded 32 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Smith scored 37 points in the game. With the victory, the Knicks won the season series against the Celtics for the first time since the —04 season. It was the team's 50th win of the season, and it marked the first time they posted that many wins in 13 years.
By scoring 36 points to Kevin Durant 's 27 points, he overtook the latter in the scoring race, upping his season average to He led the Knicks to a record as part of their game winning streak, during which he averaged It was also the team's 51st win, and 13th straight win, and they clinched their first Atlantic Division title since the — season. Despite the loss, Anthony scored 36 points on top of a season-high 19 rebounds, and he set a franchise record with six straight games with at least 35 points.
Anthony again led the way with another double-double game of 31 points and 14 rebounds in just under 30 minutes, as he sat out the entire fourth quarter for the second time in 3 games. On April 15, , Anthony won his 2nd straight Eastern Conference Player of the Week award for games played from April 8 to April 15, , when he led the team to a record.
For the week, he averaged a conference-best