The Heat have found a whole new MeloDrama.

For three games, Carmelo Anthony, naturally, was at the core of the Heat's defensive scheme. And for three games, Anthony managed pedestrian numbers: 22-of-64 shooting (34.4 percent) and 21.0 points. The Heat used LeBron James to cover Anthony early and late in games and Shane Battier in the middle with fronting and doubling tactics all along the way. Up 3-0, no one argued with the approach.

But then Anthony finally had the game the Knicks needed, their fans desired and the Heat feared. He tore the Heat apart for 41 points in Game 4 to avert a sweep and force the series back to Miami for tomorrow's Game 5. Anthony had a great third quarter and an even better fourth, largely at Battier's expense.