Friday night was a special night for Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Facing a five-game losing streak and the Charlotte Bobcats, who the Knicks have lost to twice this season — Anthony was determined to bust his team out of a slump.
In fact, Anthony did more than that. ‘Melo is prone to shooting explosions every so often, and particularly in first quarters. (He dropped 18 in the first quarter against Indiana two weeks ago, despite that game turning into a blowout later on). We’ve even experienced halves where Anthony goes off… but never like this.
A 20-point first quarter is special. A 37-point first half is insane. Madison Square Garden, the internet, the NBA was abuzz when Anthony had racked up nearly 40 points in 21 minutes of play. The question was, could ‘Melo keep it up. Again: he did even more than that.
It was a magical night in which Anthony couldn’t miss. These types of games don’t even come around once a year; they’re more like every five years, maybe every decade. Despite how awful the Knicks season has been this year, fans were treated to Anthony setting a new record in Madison Square Garden. He tallied 62 points on 23-35 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds in just 39 minutes. It beat Bernard King’s 60 points as a Knick in 1984 and Kobe Bryant’s 61 points in 2009.
Check out the video below. If you’re not totally giddy with excitement and happiness by the end of the first half, you’re dead inside. By the end of the game, it was almost too much to handle.
Thank you, Carmelo Anthony, for easily the best night of the season.
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