NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony poured in a career-high and Knicks franchise-record 62 points, as New York defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night.
The All-Star forward went 23 of 35 from the floor, including 6 of 11 from three point range on his way to his best ever outing, as he scored the most points at the current Madison Square Garden, beating Kobe Bryant’s five-year old arena record of 61.
He also improved the Knicks record of 60 points, which was previously held by Bernard King (1984).
Anthony, who surpasses the Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant for the NBA’s highest-scoring individual performance this season, also pulled down 13 rebounds for the Knicks (16-27), which snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory.
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J.R. Smith finished the night with 14 points, while Raymond Felton had 11 and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10.
Al Jefferson led the Charlotte Bobcats (19-26) with 25 points and nine rebounds, with Chris Douglas-Roberts adding 14 points and Ramon Sessions scoring 12 points in the defeat.