By now you’re surely aware that Carmelo Anthony proceeded to knock around Madison Square Garden and hit everything with the basketball equivalent of a chopper against the Bobcats. He was unconscious from mid-range, played bully ball in the post and culminated with having 62 points, breaking not only his career high but also Kevin Durant‘s season high of 54 set — just last Friday.

The 62 points also set a modern day Madison Square Garden record, snatching the previous record of 61 by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and breaking the New York Knicks Garden record of 60 by Bernard King. Of course, Twitter proceeded to troll Anthony’s performance for not dishing out any assists and it made our staff go all into #WellActually mode to defend the Knicks forward.

Michael Jordan who is easily the greatest player ever had one of these type of nights for the Bulls back in January of ’93. Up against a then rookie Shaquille O’Neal, the Bulls guard played 47 minutes and scored 65 points on 27 of 49 shooting (55%). How many assists did MJ have that night? 1. The Bulls lost that game in OT 128 – 124 as Shaq dropped 29 points & 24 boards on the Bulls and Scott Skiles, yes Scott Skiles was the Magic’s #2 option dropped 31 and 10.

Who else played on that Magic squad? None other than Steve Kerr.

Before Anthony’s 62 point barrage at MSG last night, the last player to score 60+ without registering a single assist was, you guessed – Kobe. In his maniacal “Smush Parker Is My Point Guard” days, Kobe decided to toy with the Dallas Mavericks on December 20, 2005. In what amounted to less than three full quarters of work, the Black Mamba proceeded to unleash hell on the Mavericks, dropping 62 of his own on 18 of 31 shooting (58%). The Lakers won in a romp and for a night, Smush Parker didn’t get a death stare from Bean. And in true Kobe fashion — nobody else scored in double figures.

To go even further, Karl Malone‘s highest scoring night in a Jazz uniform (56 points versus the Warriors, April ’98) happened with only 2 assists on the board. Kobe’s then MSG record 61 in February ’09 only game with 3. Shaq’s greatest day in a Laker uniform where he dropped 61 & 23 on the Warriors? 3 dimes. And the holy grail of any current Lakers fan, the night Kobe proceeded to drop 81 on the Raptors? 2 assists on the board.

Even as a Rockets fan, it has kind of happened. Hakeen Olajuwon, by all means the greatest modern center ever proceed to toss up 54 points on the Denver Nuggets in April of ’90. How he registered 11 turnovers is beyond me but the neat nugget besides the fact he only had 4 assists in the 130 – 127 OT loss? The current head coach of the Knicks Mike Woodson only had a single shot for the Rockets. Oh, and some guy by the name of Mitchell Wiggins who has a kid at Kansas that may wind up being a Top 5 NBA pick was on the squad too. Go figure.

We’re not saying Numbers Never Lie (that’s an ESPN thing) but you’re not going to check a scorer when he’s hot and ask him to pass the ball. As much as the Knicks have been going through it this season and driving their fans to binge drinking only other New York sports fans know — they needed this night. Let the euphoria wash over a bit until the next Knicks game, where Melo will probably have to carry the squad again and J.R. Smith’ll shoot the team out of the game.


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