In a season where not much is going right for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony provided a rare high on Friday night. After scoring 20 points in the first quarter, and connecting on eight of his first 10 shots, against the Charlotte Bobcats, you could tell Anthony would be in for a historic night.
Despite the game being way out of reach going into the fourth quarter, and Anthony clearly exhausted, head coach Mike Woodson allowed his superstar to remain in the game until he set the spectacular record. Eventually Melo scored 62 points, setting a single-game scoring record for the Knicks and breaking Kobe Bryant’s 61-point record in the new garden.
Following the game, Melo was obviously ecstatic with the accomplishment.
“It still feels surreal to me — no better feeling than having that feeling tonight on this home court,’’ said Anthony, whose young son, Kiyan joined him in the giddy locker room. “The fans, I haven’t heard them like that since last year. It was good to get that feeling back.’’
Even when Anthony finally got some well-deserved rest around mid-way through the fourth quarter, the fans crowd kept chanting for more — “We Want Melo.”
In a season full of turmoil, this was a much-needed performance for the Knicks fans, players and, of course, Melo himself.