It would seem that being named a 2014 Eastern Conference All-Star team lit a spark within Carmelo Anthony as he put on one of the best performances of his career on Friday, January 24, 2014. In front of 19,812 people in Madison Square Garden Anthony would score 62 points in a 125-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Carmelo came out of the locker room with all systems go as he took over right from the very start. At halftime he had 37 points and didn't look to slow down at any point during the second stanza of the game. At the end of the night his stat line showed that he was 23-35 shots (65.7 percent) which included 6-11 from behind the arc and 10-10 from the free throw line. While he didn't have any assists to his teammates, he brought down 13 rebounds which made him just the sixth player in 25 seasons of NBA action to score at least 60 points and have 10 rebounds in one game. With this 62 point performance not only did he surpass his previous career record of 50, he topped Bernard King's record as a Knicks player and passed Kobe Bryant who put up 61 points against the Knicks.
While the Knicks offense flowed through Carmelo; Raymond Felton, Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith were the only other New York players to crack double digits with 11, 10 and 14 points respectively.
Al Jefferson was the high man for Charlotte as he put in 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting for the night. Ramon Sessions filled in for the injured Kemba Walker with 12 points as the only other Bobcats starter to hit double figures. Jannero Pargo and Chris Douglas-Roberts earned 11 and 14 points respectively off of the bench.
With this being the New York's eighth home win this year, the team has not provided their crowd much to cheer about. It's still too early to count any team out of the post season, but with the way the Knicks have been playing as of late there is a strong sentiment that this could be Carmelo's first time missing the playoffs since joining the NBA. Injuries to Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire weakened the Knicks roster to a point where they had experienced five straight losses, including three at home, before this game.
The Knicks will welcome in the Los Angles Lakers on Sunday while the Bobcats will host The Chicago Bulls on Saturday.