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'Melo Gold: Anthony's 62 points sends Knicks past Bobcats

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - With the New York Knicks mired in a five- game losing streak and playing without their second-leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony decided to take matters into his own hands.

The result was the most prolific scoring performance in franchise history, a 62-point outburst that carried the Knicks to a 125-96 blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats and wowed the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Anthony went 23-of-35 overall from the field, 6-of-11 from 3-point range and a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line in breaking Bernard King's previous club standard of 60 points set on Christmas Day of 1984.

"It was just one of those zones you go into," said Anthony. "Only a certain group of people know what that zone feels like."

The effort was also the largest by an individual at the current Madison Square Garden, as well as the highest point total in the NBA since Kobe Bryant poured in 65 in a Lakers' win over Portland on Mar. 16, 2007.

Bryant also had held the record at the existing MSG, a 61-point display against the Knicks on Feb. 2, 2009.

"That was the best performance the Garden has ever seen. I'm just glad a Knick has that record again," Knicks center Tyson Chandler remarked.

J.R. Smith finished a distant second among Knicks players with 14 points and Raymond Felton added 11 in New York's first game without forward Andrea Bargnani, who tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's home setback to Philadelphia.

Al Jefferson paced the Bobcats with 25 points and nine rebounds. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 14 points for Charlotte, which came in having won two in a row despite leading scorer Kemba Walker sitting out with a sprained ankle.

"He's one of the best scorers in the world," Jefferson said. "Melo took it to another level."

Anthony was on fire right from the start, knocking down a pair of threes and dropping in eight points as the Knicks opened the game with a 12-4 run. He buried 8-of-10 shot attempts during a 20-point first quarter in which New York was ahead by as many as 10 before ending the period with a 30-21 lead.

"Coming into the game, for some reason I just had a different type of focus," said Anthony.

It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Anthony hit on 7-of-11 field goal tries in tallying 17 more points that enabled the Knicks to extend the margin.

The star forward led New York on a 12-4 burst midway through the period that lengthened its advantage to 50-38, then later capped his incredible first half by sinking a half-court shot at the buzzer that sent the Knicks into the break owning a commanding 67-46 advantage.

With Anthony doing most of the damage, New York shot a sizzling 63.6 percent over the initial two quarters.

Anthony didn't cool down after the intermission either, racking up 19 additional points on a 7-of-9 success rate in the third quarter as the Knicks continued to pull away.

He eclipsed the 50-point mark for the first time in his career on a fastbreak finger-roll layup off a Tim Hardaway Jr. steal with 3:54 remaining in the frame, with the basket staking New York to a insurmountable 89-60 lead.

Head coach Mike Woodson allowed Anthony a chance to break King's mark with the outcome already decided in the fourth quarter. The record-setting shot came on a banked-in short jumper with 7:23 to go, after which Woodson called time out and Anthony headed to the bench amidst a thunderous ovation from the home crowd.

Game Notes

Anthony added 13 rebounds to become the first NBA player with at least 55 points and 10 boards in a game since LeBron James did so with Cleveland in March 20, 2005 ... The Knicks went 14-of-27 on 3-point tries, with Smith hitting 3-of-4 attempts from beyond the arc ... Douglas-Roberts finished 4- of-5 on 3-point shots ... Knicks reserve center Jeremy Tyler had a season-best eight points in 22 minutes in an expanded role due to Bargnani's injury.

01/25 01:43:14 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 1/2 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 1/2 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 1/2 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 1/2 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 1/2 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
13th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
8th
ANA 3
OAK 4
 
8th
SDP 4
COL 2
 
8th
SFG 2
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
4th
DEN 97
GSW 94
 
4th
POR 91
LAC 89
 
4th
SAC 93
PHO 94
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
3rd
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR