Jared Dudley doesn't have any regrets when it comes to Carmelo Anthony, who lit up the Wizards for 37 points to hand them their first loss of the season in their home opener over the weekend.
Anthony claimed to be motivated by comments previously made by Dudley that he was overrated. Both players were assessed technical fouls in Saturday's game, won 117-110 by the New York Knicks, when they tangled in the second quarter.
"If it's a rivalry, he's probably going to win most of the time," Dudley said of the eight-time All-Star on Monday. "All I care about is winning. You got to give him big ups. He had a great game and they won, but we'll see. We still have to play him two more times."
Those meetings happen Feb. 9 in New York and March 19 in D.C. The Knicks weren't trying to run as much triangle offense as they had last season under coach Derek Fisher. They got out in space more but when they went to their half-court sets it took time for things to develop. Otto Porter drew the initial assignment with Dudley coming off the bench to play 18 minutes.
"We have to have ball pressure. When he gets the ball, we have to send him to the help side," said Dudley, who missed his only two shots and failed to score. "I don't know how many times he took the ball to the basket. It was a lot of jump shots. You can't give him room. You got to press up. With him, when he drives, he's looking for fouls so you have to be able to be smart defensively to play against him."
Anthony averages 25.2 points per game for his career. Dudley is at 8.5. That's where the rivalry ends, but this is about winning the war (not of words) and not the battle. Dudley seems certain that he'll be going further with his team when the season is over and the last laugh will be his.