NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at New York|
(Friday, January 24th)
Final Score: New York 125, Charlotte 96
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
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,"
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
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
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 01:42:36 ET