Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Melo Hits 62

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'Melo Hits 62

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NEW YORK -- It began on the first possession of the game. A simple jump shot by Carmelo Anthony 20 seconds into the night. Happens all the time.

And then he shot again. And again. And the shots kept falling. It was 20 points in the first quarter, 37 by halftime and 56 by the end of the third quarter. There were the chants echoing through Madison Square Garden of "M-V-P" and "'Melo, 'Melo, 'Melo." But mostly the crowd just seemed slack-jawed, unsure of what they were watching.

With good reason, too, since what they saw never had been done in the history of the Knicks or Madison Square Garden. With the game a one-sided, 125-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, Anthony didn't stop until he had poured in 62 points, eclipsing the all-time franchise record of 60 set Dec. 25, 1984 and the Garden mark of 61 by Kobe Bryant on Feb. 2, 2009.

"I did it. I made history [Friday] with the performance," Anthony said, still letting it sink in nearly an hour after the game ended. "But just to be a part of that group of people, it's only a small group of people that know what that zone feels like. [Friday], I was one of them."

"That was special [Friday]," Tyson Chandler said. "He put on one of the great performances of our generation and the greatest performance the Garden has seen. I'm just glad that now a Knick player holds that record."

With one of the Knicks' all-time greats, Patrick Ewing, looking on from the opposite bench where he serves as an assistant coach, Anthony was just unstoppable.

He hit 23 of 35 shots, added a perfect 10 of 10 from the line and even grabbed 13 rebounds in his 39 minutes of action.

The final bucket came on a tough drive to the basket, banking in a shot over a pair of Bobcats' defenders, with 7:23 to play in the game.

The shot rattled around the rim and dropped through, giving him the record. J.R. Smith committed an intentional foul to stop the clock and a timeout was called. …

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