Melo Sets Knicks, MSG Scoring Records

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Carmelo Anthony’s 62 points against the Bobcats on Friday night were the most in Knicks franchise history, the most ever scored in the current Madison Square Garden, and the most scored in the NBA in almost five years.

Kobe Bryant had the previous MSG record (61 on Feb. 2, 2009) and was also the last person to score at least 62 (65 against the Blazers on March 16, 2007). He’ll get to congratulate Anthony when the Lakers visit the Knicks on Sunday.

Here is Anthony’s shot chart from Friday. Clearly, he took too many shots from the right side of the floor.

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Here’s the NBA.com/stats video of all 23 of his field goals.

A few more thoughts…

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had done a really nice job defending Anthony in the first three meetings between the Knicks and Bobcats. In those three games, Anthony shot just 13-for-42 (31 percent) with Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor, and MKG had blocked his shot five times. Well, Friday was a different story, as Anthony shot 13-for-16 with Kidd-Gilchrist on the floor.
  • Until late in the game, the Bobcats allowed Anthony to catch the ball within 15 feet of the basket. And at that point, Kidd-Gilchrist was mostly helpless, because Anthony’s face-up game was sharp. Thirteen of his 23 field goals came on catches at the mid-post or the high post. And 13 of the 23 (including five of his six threes) came without a dribble.
  • This performance came just a few hours after I wrote that the Knicks were better off without Andrea Bargnani, who tore a ligament in his left elbow on Wednesday. Now, Friday’s performance was just one game and this is not an “I told you so,” but the Knicks’ spacing looks so much better with Anthony, Tyson Chandler and three guards on the floor.20140124_nyk_spacing
    Bargnani would sometimes space out to the 3-point line, but he wasn’t a threat out there (shooting 28 percent on threes) and often liked to hang out around the elbows. Replacing him with a guard not only gives Anthony more space to operate, but also makes it harder to defend pick-and-rolls with Chandler.
  • Anthony just might have traveled on the bucket that got him points 50 and 51.
  • Through Dec. 18, Charlotte ranked third defensively, allowing only 97.4 points per 100 possessions. Since then, they’ve ranked 25th, allowing 107.4.
  • The previous high game since Bryant’s 61 at MSG was Deron Williams‘ 57 on March 4, 2012. That also came against the Bobcats.

10 Comments

  1. emevipeelad234 says:

    nice one, but quickly it turns sad for the knicks fans, because this is the best you will ever have with that franchise player/roster, the biggest team achievement, the thing who will mark the melo “era” in ny. 62pts from a fraud before the all star game and a win at home against the bobcats. nice, really nice. enjoy it, my preciouuuuus game. (take 40 shots every nights, sometimes you will make a big score, thanks for all the other games ruined with 20-30% FG melo ! i can’t wait to see the next serie of 7/31 and 9/29)

  2. Saggy B says:

    As long as Chandler is healthy…

  3. lazymason says:

    i don’t get it. he got 62 with 7min left, and they benched him? why? he could have gone for 72 as well. please explain that, somebody.

  4. pacersbandwagon says:

    man everyone wann go on a scoring tear i swear durant 54 pts derozen 40 pts, ross 51 pts and melo 62 been a while when the nba had players dropping 50 plus points

  5. LakersWillWin says:

    Oh no, lets jump on the Melo bandwagon now! Impressive performance, indeed. It was fun to watch, but we still don’t want you on the Lakers!

  6. NBA2K says:

    I can’t get over the fact that in almost every single one of these highlights he is left wide open. So give some credit to the Charlotte defense on this one.

  7. Number 13 says:

    Not a fan of the Knicks, but I gotta give the guy credit. He went off. Glad he didn’t do it against my team.

  8. okc2014 says:

    Spike Lee must be sleeping really good tonight. It’s good to see Carmello and the Knicks have brighter days. Cause it was looking really rough for them. Keep it up!