Carmelo Anthony let it fly from halfcourt, 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,” Anthony said.
Soon, he 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 break the 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 when he leapt from center court to beat the halftime buzzer, and even 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 break King’s Knicks record of 60 set in 1984 and 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. Associated Press
What a game. Let’s hope this performance galvanizes the team so we can see more craziness like this. – AL