Carmelo Anthony of New York Knicks scores franchise-record 62 points
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks scored a career-high 62 points to set franchise and current Madison Square Garden records in a 125-96 rout of Charlotte.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony let one fly from half-court and when it went in, he had proof of what was already obvious.
“When I made the shot at the half, I told myself the zone was there,” he said.
Soon, Anthony had passed Kevin Durant. Next was Bernard King, and finally Kobe Bryant.
Three records, all shot down in one scintillating performance.
Anthony scored a career-high 62 points to set franchise and current Madison Square Garden marks, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.
Anthony made 23 of 35 shots, one from center court to beat the halftime buzzer, and added 13 rebounds in the NBA’s highest-scoring performance this season.
Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Durant’s previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to surpass King’s Knicks record of 60 set in 1984 and Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s Bryant’s arena record of 61 set five years ago.
“I made history tonight, with the performance, but just to be a part of that group of people, like I said, there’s only a small group of people that knows what that zone feels like and tonight I was one of them,” Anthony said.
Hall of Famer King said he was proud of Anthony.
“If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I’m absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo,” King said in a statement through the team.
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