By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 125, BOBCATS 96 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
The Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats to end a five-game skid and even their season series at two games apiece, but all 19,812 people lucky enough to be at Madison Square Garden tonight will remember it for one reason: Carmelo Anthony.
Having perhaps his greatest season of his distinguished career, Melo turned in the single greatest scoring performance in Knickerbockers history, pouring in 62 points in just 39 minutes of action.
Bernard King's 61-point outburst on Christmas Day back in 1984 stood until tonight, when Anthony proved unstoppable against Charlotte. Melo scored 20 points in the 1st quarter, only one fewer than the entire Bobcats team.
He stayed hot in the 2nd, posting 17, including a half-court buzzer beater heading into the break.
Any questions of cooling off quickly went away in the 3rd, as he drained a fadeaway jumper from the right block over the outstretched arm of elite defender Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on his first touch. He was in the zone, and it was clear no one would stop him.
The Knicks led 101-66 heading into the 4th, but Melo had his eyes set on the franchise record. Despite double teams and relentless pressure, he remained locked in, finally eclipsing the franchise mark on a driving bank shot off the glass with 7:22 left in the game.
The crowd had been chanting "MELO, MELO" since the first half, but as he headed to the bench to a standing ovation, all in attendance took a moment to appreciate what they had just witnessed.
Knick of the Night:
Carmelo Anthony. His performance was one for the ages, as he not only vaulted into the history books, but did so with efficiency (23-of-35 shooting) and while pulling in 13 rebounds.
The Knicks return to the Garden Sunday to face the Los Angeles Lakers.