While the chants of "M-V-P" have echoed through Madison Square Garden this season from Knicks fans for the efforts of Carmelo Anthony, he knows that it’s a long shot in a league that is dominated by LeBron James.

"That’s crazy," Anthony said. "What he’s doing right now is unbelievable. He’s scoring 30, 40 points on 11 shots, 10-for-12, he’s on an incredible run right now. I’ve never seen anything like it."

Anthony isn’t conceding. "It’s early. It’s All-Star break right now. He’s definitely playing like a most valuable player, so we’ll see what happens." But Anthony is also living in a different world than James.

James already has his trophy case stocked with an MVP award and a championship ring. Anthony, who teamed with James for Olympic Gold in London, is chasing those accomplishments.

And while Anthony may be in the running, arguably in the debate along with James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul as the frontrunners for MVP honors, he can’t play the same as James.

There is no Dwyane Wade running beside Anthony and the Heat are back atop the Eastern Conference as the teams head into the break after tonight’s game.

Too often the Knicks have found themselves needing far more from Anthony than the 11 and 12 shots that James took recently. While critics may point out his dominating the ball in the Knicks’ system, the counter to that is that the Knicks need that from him.

" ’Melo just happened to have it going the other night, so why not go to him?" coach Mike Woodson said. "We’ve got five guys that average in double figures, so it hasn’t been a one-man show as far as I’m concerned with our offense."