Originally posted on SNY Nets:

Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

CrashMeloEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – His MVP hype may have dimmed since a torrid start to his season thanks to various injuries, but at 29.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for a Knicks team that surprisingly leads the Atlantic Division at the midway point of the NBA season, Carmelo Anthony still warrants MVP consideration.

Part of the reason for that MVP consideration is his play in tight spots, bright spotlights and big games. Just ask the Nets.

As the Nets and Knicks prepare to match up for the fourth and final time this regular season on Monday at Madison Square Garden at 3:30 p.m., one thing is pretty clear. Anthony has owned his crosstown rivals in their first year sharing New York City.

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