May 28, 2018
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Carmelo Anthony scores career-high 62 points in New York Knicks win over Charlotte

Noah K. Murray | USA Today Sports
Noah K. Murray | USA Today Sports
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats power forward Anthony Tolliver (43) in the second half at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
By Tony Williams, The Sports Xchange

NEW YORK — The New York Knicks, with forward Carmelo Anthony scoring a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, finally won a game during their current eight-game homestand as they demolished the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night.

The Knicks (16-27) were able to snap their five-game losing streak — including the last three at the Garden — due mainly to Anthony. The All-Star’s 62 points were the most points ever scored in the current edition of the Garden.

Anthony was torrid from the start as he notched the franchise’s single-quarter high with 20 points in the opening stanza, only to top that by finishing the first half with a league-best 37 points.

It was the fourth time that Anthony surpassed the 50-point mark, en route to his career-high showing. His performance broke small forward Bernard King’s mark of 60 points by a Knick and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant’s record of 61 points by any player on the Garden floor.

Anthony wasn’t a one-dimensional player, either, as he also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Knicks as a whole were hot, shooting 55.6 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent in 3-pointers.

Anthony was the main offensive attraction, as the Knicks didn’t need much else by way of offense, but shooting guard J.R. Smith also added 14 points (5-of-9 shooting), four assists and two steals, while point guard Raymond Felton finally shook his recent slump by notching 11 points, five assists and just one turnover.

Charlotte (19-26) was led by center Al Jefferson’s 25 points and nine rebounds, while guards Jannero Pargo and Ramon Sessions registered 11 and 12 points, respectively, and reserve swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts added 14 points. The Bobcats shot a respectable 48.7 percent from the floor, but Anthony’s torrid shooting obviously overshadowed that statistic.

The Knicks shook their early malaise during the eight-game homestand to take a commanding 67-46 halftime lead over the Bobcats.

Anthony had 37 points — an NBA season high in the first half — on 15-of-21 shooting from the field in 22 minutes.

The Knicks shot 63.6 percent from the field, including 43.2 percent on 3-pointers.


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