Carmelo Anthony had what was quite possibly the game of his life on Friday night as the New York Knicks took on the Charlotte Bobcats. In one of the greatest shooting sprees seen at Madison Square Garden in years, Melo’s range could be characterized as “in the gym,” as he hit shot after shot from all over the floor.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Knicks took the easy win by a score of 125-96, Melo notched 62 points total and put his name in the history books in multiple ways.
1. Anthony’s 62 points were a Knicks record, surpassing 60 points scored by the legendary Bernard King. Carmelo had 57 touches that lead to led to 35 shots and six fouls drawn. He shot 65.7% from the floor, was 6-11 from three-point range and 10-10 on free throws
2. Currently, Melo is tops in points scored in a game this season. The previous high? 54 by the guy who’s been on the most consistent tear recently, Kevin Durant, who just put up his season-high last Friday.
Prior to the Bobcats game, Anthony’s current season-high was 45 points. His career high was 50 points, which he’s scored on three previous occasions.
3. Carmelo’s 62 were the most points scored in Madison Square Garden history, topping the 61 points Kobe Bryant scored in 2009.
4. Melo’s 62 were the most points ever scored without a turnover since the league started tracking individual turnovers in 1977. He also didn’t have any assists, blocks or steals either, but he couldn’t be expected to do everything, could he?
The last person to score 60 with zero assists? Kobe Bryant.
5. Carmelo did end up with 13 rebounds, allowing him to become the sixth player in the past 25 seasons to collect at least 60 points and 10 boards in a game. The last player to score 55 points and pull 10 rebounds? It wasn’t Kobe Bryant. It was LeBron James in March 2005.
6. Carmelo’s 62 points were the most in an NBA game since, you guessed it, Kobe Bryant scored 65 in 2007.
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