Carmelo Anthony has had it. He’s had it with the losing, the injuries, the lack of effort, the booing, so he took out all of his frustration on the Charlotte Bobcats, those poor Charlotte Bobcats.
Anthony put the team on his back erupting for 62 points in a 125-96 win over the Bobcats that snapped a brutal 5-game losing streak.
His 62 points are a new career high, the new Knicks single gaming scoring record, and the new Madison Square Garden scoring record. Kobe Bryant had the previous MSG mark when he dropped 61 points at the World’s Most Famous Arena 5-years ago. Bernard King held the previous Knicks mark with 60 points.
How Melo did it was even better. He took 35 shots, no other Knicks player took more than 9, and the best part, he had ZERO assists. Passing the ball was simply not an option.
By half-time, Anthony had 37 including a half-court heave at the buzzer, and by the time he checked out with 7:18 to go, the Madison Square Garden faithful were chanting “We Want Melo” with JR Smith of all people urging the crowd on.
Anthony did not pass the ball and decided he was going to win this game by himself, which he did. Besides Anthony, the Knicks had 3 other players score in double figures. JR Smith had 14, Raymond Felton had 11, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10.
Al Jefferson led the way for Charlotte with 25, and Chris Douglas Roberts added 14.
The Knicks, and Anthony, certainly hope this performance gets things going back in the right direction. New York has 4 more games on this home-stand with match-ups against the Lakers, Celtics, Cavaliers, and Heat.