(NBA) Carmelo Anthony sets NY Knicks franchise record with career high 62 points in New York’s 125-96 home win over Charlotte on Friday, setting a new Knicks franchise scoring record and a new Madison Square Garden scoring record.
“I was just taking it one possession at a time,” Anthony told MSG Network in a post-game interview. “I came into the game locked in. I didn’t know I was going to have this type of performance. It’s an unbelievable feeling. … It’s just a zone you get into sometimes. Only a certain group of people know what that zone feels like. Tonight was one of those zones. My teammates saw that.”
Carmelo Anthony passed Bernard King’s franchise-record of 60 points against the Nets on Dec. 25, 1984. He also surpassed Kobe Bryant’s Madison Square Garden record of 61 points, on Feb. 2, 2009.
“It didn’t really sink in exactly what I did tonight,” Anthony told MSG. “I know Bernard King is somewhere smiling at me right now.”
New York’s Hall of Fame forward in turn saluted Anthony’s record-breaking performance.
“I am very proud of Carmelo Anthony,” King said, according to the Knicks. “I consider him to be one of the greatest players in our game. If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I’m absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo.”
The whole entire MSG crowd serenaded the seven-time All-Star with chants of “M-V-P” and “We want ‘Melo.”
“It was jaw-dropping,” Knicks guard Iman Shumpert said, according to the New York Daily News. “We didn’t know what to do but get our popcorn and watch.”
Anthony’s 62 points came on 23-for-35 shooting, 6-for-11 on three-pointers and 10-for-10 from the foul line. He added 13 rebounds and didn’t register an assist in 39 minutes. Anthony becomes just the second player since the 1985-86 season to register 62 or more points without tallying an assist, joining Bryant, who had an assist-less 62 points against the Mavericks on Dec. 20, 2005.