He fired up shot after shot and the result was the same far too often. Carmelo Anthony clanked 25 of his 35 attempts Sunday, hanging his head in frustration at times and afterward saying, "My mother always said, ‘There’ll be days like this.’ "

But what Anthony wasn’t going to say and his teammates wouldn’t, either, was that he was wrong to keep firing.

"When the game goes down the line, you’re going to give the ball to your man who puts the ball in the basket for you," Raymond Felton said. "You live or die with certain situations. I was able to get in the paint and hit some big shots, but when the game is on the line you’re going to give the ball to No. 7 [Anthony]. That’s what we’ve been doing all year. There’s no need to change it now."

So as the Knicks return to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m.) with a chance to close out the series at home, holding a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven opening-round series, don’t expect Anthony or the Knicks to rethink their style.

The Knicks have ridden Anthony’s offensive production this season as he has fired up more field goal attempts per game than any player in the league while leading the league in scoring.

It was the most field goal attempts he’d taken in a game this season and matched the most he’d attempted in his career. Considering he went to the line 20 times Sunday — and in the two instances he fired up 35 field goal attempts for Denver during the 2009-10 season he went to the line just seven times in each — this might have been his most aggressive game.