Coming off the best game of his career, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks put on another show in Madison Square Garden. Anthony scored 62 points on Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats to set the MSG record. He passed the 60 points that Bernard King scored, which was the record for a Knick at the Garden and also surpassed the 61 scored by Kobe Bryant, which was the all time record.
Bryant was in attendance Sunday, as his Los Angeles Lakers looked to slow down Anthony. With all the injuries to their frontcourt players, the Knicks have been starting Anthony at power-forward, which provides a huge mismatch against most teams. The Lakers have been starting rookie Ryan Kelly, who is a traditional power forward for the last couple weeks.
From the start of the game, Knicks fans were holding their breath every time Anthony touched the ball. The crowd wanted him to shoot every time he touched the ball and put up 60 again. While he didn’t score 60, he did have 35 points, four rebounds and five assists as the Knicks won their second straight game 110-103.
The Knicks dominated the boards even though they were the undersized team. New york started two point guards in Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni, a shooting guard in Iman Shumpert, a small forward in Anthony and Tyson Chandler at center. The Knicks out rebounded the Lakers 45-35 but more importantly 16-5 on the offensive glass. Chandler finished the game with six offensive boards and 14 total. The Lakers outshot the Knicks, but New York was able to take 15 more shots because of the rebounding.
This game was No. 5 in an eight-game home stand that concludes Saturday against the Miami Heat. This is an important stretch for New York as they still are not in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Right now they are 2-3 in the first five games, but if Anthony can continue to score like this, the Knicks can win the last three and take over the eight spot in the East.