With the Knicks falling apart because of injury and turmoil, Carmelo Anthony decided to do some breaking of his own tonight.
Melo moved past Bernard King and Kobe Bryant in the Knicks and Madison Square Garden record books, setting a franchise, arena, and career record for points in a single game, blasting off for 62 tonight versus the Bobcats.
The feat outdid Bernard King’s 60 from Christmas Day, 1984, and Kobe Bryant’s 61 at MSG five years ago.
A day after finding out about Andrea Bargnani’s injury, and already without Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks looked to be in their worst situation of the season yet. Instead, their embattled superstar changed the narrative completely.
Anthony went 23 for 35 from the field, adding 13 rebounds. This was the highest scoring performance of the 2013-14 NBA season; Kevin Durant had previously scored 54.
A potential record-breaker looked possible at the half, as Carmelo beat the buzzer with a 3, giving himself 37. That was the head start he needed.
While there have been few bright spots for the Knicks this season, Melo has quietly been strong all season, averaging 26-9-3 this year, all at or higher than his career averages.
The Knicks record stands at 16-27 and while they sit two games out of the playoffs, perhaps the momentum of this momentous night will fuel them going forward in the second half of the season.