Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony, red-hot Knicks clinch first division title since 1994
|04.10.13 at 8:07 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Spurs at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Knicks won their 13th straight game Tuesday night, in the process clinching their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.
Carmelo Anthony, who averaged 41.8 points per game last week and took over the NBA scoring lead from Kevin Durant with his late-season surge, scored 36 points in the 120-99 victory over the Wizards at Madison Square Garden.
The players returned to the locker room to find shirts that read: Can’t Stop NY Knicks. 2013 Division Champions.
“There’s no reason not to have a smile on your face at this moment,” Anthony said. “We accomplished one of our goals that we set before the season in training camp, so it’s a stepping stone for us.”
♦ In a related note, Anthony’s jersey is the No. 1 seller in the NBA, as the Knicks forwarded unseated LeBron James in the top spot.
James is at No. 2, Durant has the No. 3 most-popular jersey, Kobe Bryant is at No. 4 and the injured Derrick Rose is at No. 5.
The list is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York as well as NBAStore.com since last November. Anthony ranked fourth on last year’s list.
In other jersey news, Robert Griffin III broke the NFL record for most jerseys sold in one year. The NFL did not release the number but indicated RG III beat out Peyton Manning for the top spot. Ray Lewis was third, Colin Kaepernick fourth and Tom Brady fifth.
♦ Rapper and businessman Jay-Z, who recently agreed to represent Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, will sell his minority share in the Nets so that he can represent NBA players, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company has partnered with the powerhouse Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and is expected to make an immediate splash due to his profile in the entertainment world.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, owns a 1/15 share in the Nets, worth about $350,000, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
“It would be disappointing [if he left],” Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “I’d be disappointed. He had an enormous amount to do with the rebranding of the team.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 10, 1998, the Red Sox rallied from a 7-2 ninth-inning deficit against the Mariners, winning 9-7 on a walk-off grand slam by which Sox player?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The only person I compare myself to is Pat Summitt and to be there in that spot with her means a lot to me. The fact that I tied Pat Summitt’s record puts you in the category of the greatest women’s basketball coach that ever lived.” – UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, after the Huskies won their eighth national championship, tying Summitt’s record at Tennessee
STAT OF THE DAY: 794 – Consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park for the Red Sox, a major league-record streak the team reportedly expects to end Wednesday against the Orioles
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): With Tuesday’s game in Houston tied at 98, Rockets guard James Harden launches a 3-pointer at the buzzer that bounces off the rim and then is touched by Suns center Jermaine O’Neal for a game-deciding goaltending.
LeBron James throws the ball off the backboard and lays it in during the Heat’s win over the Bucks.
After a camera gets knocked onto the court during the Raptors-Bulls game in Chicago, Toronto’s Amir Johnson snaps a photo of his teammates.
A reporter covering Ole Miss’ spring football practice is leveled on the sideline.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mo Vaughn
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Brian Setzer was born on this day in 1959.
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