Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James has heaped praise on the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony following his outstanding performance at the weekend against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Anthony hit a record-breaking 62 points in the 125-96 victory for the Knicks and has garnered a number of plaudits for an on-court showcase that well and truly took his opponents by surprise.
And amongst the echoes of congratulation ringing around his ears at the moment one that might just stand out is that of rival and friend LeBron James.
Despite Anthony having outdone the Miami Heat star’s career-high points tally - James scored 56 in 2005 - James was quick to laud his performance on Friday night.
''I think it was an unbelievable performance,'' James said of Anthony's effort.
''Obviously, he's one of the greatest scorers ever to play this game and he's one of the best players we have in our game. There's only a few guys that can get in a zone like that and he's one of them.''
The King went on to suggest that he would love to try and beat the 62 points scored by Anthony, but admitted that it would be a tough task.
“I would like to, we'll see what happens,'' James said.
''You go into a game saying you want to have a night like that every night but it doesn't work.”
Anthony’s Knicks face the Boston Celtics next where they will be looking to improve their dismal 17-27 record. Elsewhere the Heat, now unbeaten in their last three, take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.