Carmelo Anthony has now scored more points in a single game at Madison Square Garden than anyone else. It’s only right that Anthony would surpass his childhood idol, Bernard King, for the franchise record at a time when the New York Knicks needed him most.
Some will try to discredit Anthony’s performance by stating the fact that it came against the Charlotte Bobcats, but I say spare me the discourse on the situation. The Bobcats are an underrated defensive team as they rank fifth in the NBA in the points allowed category, and Anthony’s 62 paved the way for the Knicks to drop 125 on a team that only allows 94.0 points per game on average.
Keep in mind that the Bobcats were the team that initiated the downward spiral for the Knicks, so Anthony’s performance was extremely significant for the team. I wrote about how pathetic the Knicks looked against the Brooklyn Nets Monday, but the team’s body language appeared to be completely different against Charlotte due to Anthony’s brilliant performance.
The most impressive aspect of this performance is New York had little reason for optimism with Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Andrea Bargnani all unavailable due to injury. Anthony knew that the Knicks were in need of a huge performance to snap their five-game losing streak as he never appeared to crack a smile until the game was over.
The quote of the night came from Anthony as he declared, “I can’t accept losing. I’m getting tired of losing, and we have to do what we have to do to win basketball games at this point.” Hopefully the Knicks will follow Anthony’s example throughout the remainder of the season.