Carmelo Anthony took a half court shot at the buzzer of the first half and made it. He knew then he was in a zone and would be lighting up the nets during the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden.
When the game finally ended, in which Anthony’s New York Knicks routed the Bobcats 125-96, Anthony had 62 points a new career high and a franchise and Madison Square Garden record.
Anthony on the night hit 23 of his 35 shots. Anthony had 13 rebounds as well. His 62 points were the highest output by any player this season in the NBA.
After three quarters, Anthony had 56 points, bettering the previous high for the season of 54 by Kevin Durant. He played for a few minutes to start the fourth quarter and broke the previous Knicks record of 60 points set by Bernard King back in 1984 and the Madison Square Garden record of 61 set in 2009 by Kobe Bryant.
This was easily Anthony’s highlight thus far in a very difficult season for him and his teammates. The Knicks won the Atlantic division last season and this season are on the verge of missing the playoffs for just the first time in Anthony’s career. He is facing many questions about his plans for the future with New York, as he becomes a free agent this coming summer.
Anthony’s previous high was 50 points and he could have hit at least 70 if the game had been closer and he was not taken out by his coach.
Teammate J.R. Smith, who also played with Anthony for the Denver Nuggets said it was an incredible performance by his teammate.
The Knicks going into the game were very thin in the frontcourt with Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani out injured as well as veteran Kenyon Martin. Anthony just took more responsibility at the offensive end giving the Knicks their first win in their past four games.
King was elected last year to the Hall of Fame. He said he was proud of the accomplishment by Anthony, who he considers one of today’s best players in the NBA.
King said if the record had to be broken, it could not have been done by a better person and player.