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Melo Sets Garden Scoring Mark In Knicks 125-96 Blowout Victory Over The Charlotte Bobcats

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New York, NY – The New York Knicks went into their game against the Michael Jordan Charlotte Bobcats knowing they would be without Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely after tearing a ligament in his left elbow during a ill fated dunk attempt against Philadelphia.

They were in the midst of a 5 game losing streak (3rd in a row at home) during this 8 eight game home-stand. There has been bickering between the players and head coach Mike “Homer Simpson” Woodson during the losing streak that began after getting routed by Brooklyn on their annual Martin Luther King day.

New York had a chance to stop the losing streak and see how they would adjust without the player they brought here to help the offense. It helped that Knick killer Kemba Walker was out due to an injury. By night’s end it wouldn’t matter as Carmelo Anthony basically did it all by himself.

With Carmelo Anthony at the power forward spot because of Woodson going small with a 3 guard line-up, he hit 8 of his first 10 shots (18 points) getting the Knicks out to a 30-21 first quarter lead. It was the most points any Knick has scored in one quarter this year. It was just a start of big things to come for the Syracuse alumni.

Bobcats Jennaro Pargo came off the bench to nail 3 straight 3 pointers as a familiar defensive lapse continued to plague New York cutting the lead (38-34) to four points. But Carmelo, who didn’t sit until past the 4 minute mark of the second quarter, showed why talks of trading him are outright ludicrous.

He finished the half scoring 37 points (most of  any player in the NBA this season for a half) and brought the sellout crowd to their feet draining a half-court 3 pointer as the buzzer went off. Said Anthony of the shot, “when i made the shot, at the half, I told myself the zone was there.” New York went into the lockerroom with a commanding 67-46 lead.

It would only get better for the torrid Melo in the third quarter. Connecting on 7 of 9 shots lifted his game total to 56 effectively taking out the Bobcats all by himself. The only thing left for him to accomplish was setting the record for most points scored at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Mission accomplished.

Carmelo Anthony surpassed both Kobe Bryant and Bernard King finishing his night with a bank shot at the 7:32 mark for his 62nd point as the desperate Knicks needed a win as badly as New Yorkers need warmer weather.

Image Credit: Andrew Rosario

Image Credit: Andrew Rosario

Naturally, after the 125-96 win, the talk was all about Carmelo Anthony and his record setting night. Said Woodson, “he was shooting so easy and making just shot’s all over the place.” It wasn’t the first time Woodson has seen Anthony as locked in as he was. “”I’ve been in that position a few times in the last two years with Melo where’s he’s got on a nice roll early. I was probably the one that cooled him off. This time I just elected to let him go.”

Carmelo Anthony walked to his locker accompanied by his young son, not looking like he scored 62 points in only 38 minutes. He didn’t miss a free throw (10-10) and hit 6 of 11 three pointers. The night still felt like a dream. “It really didn’t sink in yet,” he started. It still feels surreal to me. They way we played came within the realm of the game, the flow of the game. It really hasn’t sunk in yet.”

The normal jovial Anthony usually has a wide smile on his face during pre-game warmups, joking with the opposing team and engaging with the stars sitting in their high priced court side seats. Not tonight. Melo had a focused, stone cold face prior to tip-off motivated by a pre-game video courtesy of his childhood idol Muhammad Ali.

“Coming into the game I had a different kind of focus. Guys were asking me what was wrong before the game. There was nothing really wrong. It was just for some reason I was just locked in from the beginning of the game.” He was very thrilled with being able to set the record in front of the home crowd. “There’s no better feeling than having that feeling like tonight here on your home court. The fans, I haven’t heard them like that since last year. It was good to get that feeling back.”

Scoring 62 points and setting the record for most points scored by anyone at the World’s Most Famous Arena will get that kind of reaction.

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