Grant Hill is so old that the flat top, the regrettable haircut he sported during the early 1990s as an All-American at Duke, is back in style. Or at least Iman Shumpert believes so.
“I have a copyright on that,” Hill said of Shumpert’s hair. “When I see it, it reminds me of how bad I once looked.”
Despite his boyish looks, Hill is now 40 years. Maybe he doesn’t jump or score like he once did, but the veteran forward can still contribute. Just ask Carmelo Anthony.
With Anthony destined to score 50 on Sunday, the Clippers’ coaching staff decided to defend the Knicks All-Star forward with their oldest/smartest player and run more double teams at Anthony. The result was Anthony attempting only two shots in the fourth quarter as Chris Paul and Co. pulled away in the final four minutes, beating the Knicks, 102-88, at the Garden.
It was a familiar story for the Knicks: they can’t defend the opposing point guard and they rely too heavily on Anthony to carry them offensively. Paul, Anthony’s good friend and pending free agent, scored seven of his 25 points in the fourth, doing most of his damage posting up Raymond Felton and driving into the lane.
As for Anthony, he scored a game-high 42 but after scoring 18 in the third quarter he produced just four points in the last 9:53. Mike Woodson second-guessed his decision to rest Anthony for two minutes at the start of the fourth, but even Anthony, who still played 43 minutes, said it was wrong for Woodson to blame himself.


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