When looking at the box score from tonight’s game, one thing will pop right out at you, and it’s no secret from who it was from. Carmelo Anthony single-handedly torched the Charlotte Bobcats with a career high, Madison Square Garden high, and New York Knicks history high 62 points. The historic performance showed the NBA world that the Cats simply can’t handle Anthony when he gets hot from the field.
This game never came down to the Knicks’ lack of big man presence or anything revolving around their injury struggles. It was all about Anthony tonight, and rightfully so. He scored just under a half of the teams total points as New York beat Charlotte by a final score of 125-96.
This was easily one of, if not the most, sloppy game the Bobcats have played all season. There was literally nothing positive to take from this game tonight for Steve Clifford‘s boys. They got absolutely maimed, directly because they couldn’t handle the fire power of Anthony and his hot hand from the field.
In the past this season, the Cats have had Anthony’s number. Often would the seven time All-Star struggle with his shot against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s solid defense, but tonight, he had everyone’s number. Whether it was MKG, Anthony Tolliver or anyone else, it was clear that nobody could stop his incredibly hot shooting streak. With 37 points at halftime, no changes showed improvement in the second half as 25 more points were scored by No. 7.
Charlotte was severely out rebounded (42 to 31), as well as having noticeable issues with turnovers (11 on the night). Though the Bobcats’ player stats may look nice from the box score, it doesn’t show how poor of defense most of the team played tonight, especially on Anthony (23-35 from the field, 6-11 from three).
It was all Anthony for New York tonight, and there was nothing more to it. Tonight proved that without their star player, the Knicks would be just as good as a nobody. The Cats were simply no match.
Charlotte Bobcats game MVP: Al Jefferson
Honorable Mention: Jannero Pargo
New York Knicks game MVP: Carmelo Anthony
Honorable Mention: J.R. Smith