In last night’s 125-96 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Carmelo Anthony poured in a New York Knick and Madison Square Garden record 62 points, surpassing the previous highs held by Bernard King and Kobe Bryant, respectively. Anthony’s previous career high was 50 points. He’d scored exactly 50 three times in his career, including in an April game against the Miami Heat last season. He surpassed 50 points late in the third quarter of last night’s game.
Anthony got his 61st and 62nd points and secured the Madison Square Garden single-game scoring record on a baseline jumper over two defenders with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, before being removed from the game to a rousing standing ovation.
According to Knicks PR, this happened at or around 9:33 PM.
Carmelo Anthony has had the greatest scoring performance in franchise history and a new MSG building record.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 25, 2014
All across Twitter, people were rushing to put Anthony’s huge night in statistical perspective.
With 62, Carmelo Anthony ties Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady for the sixth-highest scoring game since the ’85-’86 season.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 25, 2014
The previous record holder was Reggie Miller, with 57 points.
Again, Melo becomes the first player in history to ever score 60 points, grab 13 boards & hit 6 three-pointers in an NBA game. — Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 25, 2014
The previous record-holder was none other than Michael Jordan, with two three-pointers.
For Anthony, his 65.7 field goal percentage was the best mark he has ever recorded in a game where he attempted at least 30 shots. His previous high was 56.7 percent, which he had done three times, but only once in New York.
Anthony scored at least 17 points in every quarter but the fourth (20 in the first, 17 in the second, 19 in the third, six in the fourth), when he was pulled after less than five minutes of play and having just achieved the MSG single-game scoring record. The fourth was also the only quarter in which he did not shoot at least 60 percent from the field (7-of-9 in the first, 7-of-11 in the second, 8-of-10 in the third, 1-of-5 in the fourth).
Twenty-six of Anthony’s 62 points came on mid-range jumpers, as he made 13 of his 18 shots from that area. Anthony has long been considered a mid-range connoisseur, but prior to last night he was only shooting 39.9 percent from mid-range this season.
Anthony also made two-thirds of his shots in the paint last night, quite an unusual feat for him considering he had made only 50.2 percent of his paint attempts entering last night, and had been trending downward with his paint field goal percentage in recent years.
His scorching three point shooting came as no surprise, though. Melo made six of his 11 three point attempts last night. He’d been shooting in excess of 40 percent from three this season and has seen marked improvement in his three point shot since being traded from Denver to New York in 2011. He shot 31.1 percent from three in his Denver career, but has made 38.3 percent of his threes in New York.