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Anthony sets records with 62 points as Knicks roll

NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony shot his way past Kobe Bryant, Bernard King and Kevin Durant, and he pulled off one more impressive achievement.

He brought smiles to the New York Knicks in a miserable season.

Anthony scored a career-high 62 points to break the franchise and current Madison Square Garden records, and the Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

Facing daily questions about the Knicks' miserable present and his own uncertain future, Anthony not only seized an MSG record, but gave the building back some life.

And when Anthony threw in a shot from midcourt at the halftime buzzer, Amare Stoudemire laughed hysterically in his suit jacket from the bench, the rest of his teammates standing and roaring.

"Just to see everybody smiling once again, that's what I was more excited to see," Anthony said. "Guys on the bench smiling, high-fiving, having fun once again, that's the only thing I care about."

The records were great, too.

Anthony made 23 of 35 shots and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA's highest-scoring performance this season.

Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Durant's previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break King's Knicks record of 60 set in 1984 and Bryant's arena record of 61 set five years ago.

"I made history tonight, with the performance, but just to be a part of that group of people, like I said, there's only a small group of people that knows what that zone feels like and tonight I was one of them," Anthony said.

It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer.

That was all on hold for one night, the focus simply on Anthony's amazing scoring.

He easily passed his previous career best of 50 points and possibly could've even passed 70 or more had the game been close. Instead, he checked out for good after breaking the records when he banked in a short jumper with 7:24 to play.

"I've seen him score a lot of points, but that was some performance right there," said J.R. Smith, who was also a teammate of Anthony's in Denver.

Smith noticed a different focus from Anthony before the game, a seriousness replacing the usual laughter. Perhaps some of it was some added pregame motivation after the team watched a video featuring Muhammad Ali, one of Anthony's favorite athletes.

With the Knicks desperately thin in the frontcourt after losing Andrea Bargnani on top of the injuries to Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, Anthony simply took on more of the scoring load as New York won for the first time on its eight-game homestand after dropping the first three.

King, elected to the Hall of Fame last year, said he was proud of Anthony, whom he considers one of the best players in the game.

"If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I'm absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo," King said through the team's public relations department.

Al Jefferson had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, snapping his streak of four straight 20-10 games. Charlotte had won two in a row, holding division leaders Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers to an average of 93 points.

But the Knicks, who had lost to the Bobcats 10 days ago to start their current skid, shot 56 percent. So what happened to Charlotte's defense?

"Melo. Enough said," Jefferson said.

Anthony made 20 of his first 26 shots against what had been a good defensive team, but there was no defense for the zone Anthony was in.

"When he's in one of those zones, ain't nothing nobody can do about it," Jefferson added.

Last season's scoring champion had eight points in the first 2½ minutes, went 8 of 10 in the first quarter and had 20 points as the Knicks led 30-21. He skipped his usual break and kept playing deep into the second quarter before finally taking a seat with 4:34 left, shortly after missing an open jumper.

He returned with 2½ minutes left to finish the half in style, throwing in a buzzer beater from just inside halfcourt to cap his 15-of-21 half and make it 67-46.

Turned out Anthony was just getting started.

He made his first five shots in the second half and the Bobcats would eventually grow frustrated, picking up two technical fouls on one play after Anthony's 3-pointer late in the third.

He made both free throws, part of his 10-for-10 showing at the line, and said he tried to check himself out earlier but his teammates wouldn't allow it.

Notes: Kemba Walker, who had 25 points in all three previous matchups against the Knicks, sat out his third game in a row with a sprained left ankle. ... The Knicks said Bargnani, who tore the ulner collateral ligament in his left elbow, won't require surgery and will instead just need rest and treatment.

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wwwest4u44 January 26 2014 at 2:04 AM

how soon we forget Wilt " the stilt " Chamberlin's 100 pt's before the 3 pt shot ? but he had a much greater feat off the court ?

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jag803 January 26 2014 at 1:17 AM

35 shots, 11 - 3 pointers and 10 FT's Possible 91 pts. not bad!

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cincyburb01 January 26 2014 at 1:04 AM

Being proud of Anthony's 62 points during this Knicks season is like bragging about how good a car's air conditioning works as the car is driving off a cliff.

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Jeff and Terry January 26 2014 at 12:28 AM

I think Wilt scored more than that!!!!!! he was a machine even before Viagra!

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Jeff and Terry January 26 2014 at 12:28 AM

Lets drug test the NBA and get the leauge back to something other than a Ghetto Tattoo freak show!

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seltzer5000 January 25 2014 at 10:16 PM

Wilt scored 100 point s

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Mr Bennett January 25 2014 at 9:44 PM

Close but not close enough to beat Michael Jordan 69 points when they played the Cavs back on March 1990 . He could have score more but 69 being his favor # he thought it was time to stop lol ...

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nini January 25 2014 at 8:05 PM

My Grandson Nicklas is not going to stop talking about Carmelo.He is a big fan of Him.

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zachltc January 25 2014 at 7:28 PM

Wilt scored 100 points.

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west83jazz January 25 2014 at 7:50 PM

Wilt also scored those 100 points against the Knicks in1962. He will not be able to do that today. Many of those players would be sitting on the bench in college basketball.

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willy January 25 2014 at 10:00 PM

OF COURSE, HE WAS LIKE A FOOT TALLER THAN OTHER PLAYERS IN THE GAME.. anyway he was good but not great like MJ.. Blessings

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seltzer5000 January 25 2014 at 10:18 PM

Wilt was better than MJ by Far

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twofourfive January 25 2014 at 7:14 PM

62 points by a guy on a team with 16 wins, the only people who care about it are the idiots in NY, waving towels and acting like winners, Anthony a disapearing act. NY sucks and so do the Knicks.

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