The 29-year-old forward Carmelo Anthony led the NBA in scoring last year with a stellar average of 28.7 points per game in 67 games during the 2012-13 season for the New York Knicks.
The Knicks entered play Friday night at the Garden with an appalling 15-27 record after losing the first three games of a long eight game homestand.
They needed something big last night to silence both critics and the media - being based in New York this is no easy task - but fan favorite Carmelo Anthony provided the exact extraganza and energy which the Knicks roster has lacked the entire year.
Anthony shot his way into the history books on Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats as he broke both a Knicks franchise record and a Maddison Square Garden record as he scored a staggering 62 points on 23-35 shooting including 6-11 from beyond the three point arc; one of these coming all the way from halfcourt as the buzzer expired.
Anthony was pulled out of the game by coach Mike Woodson as soon as he broke the all time franchise record with over seven minutes to go in the 4th quarter. Anthony broke former Knicks legend Bernard King's 60 points scored on December 25, 1984.
He not only broke King's franchise record but also the legendary Madison Square garden record of 61 points scored back in 2009 by none other than current Lakers guard the 15-time all star and five-time world champion Kobe Bryant.
Anthony scored almost half of his teams points Friday night during their 125-96 beating of the Charlotte Bobcats in front of Spike Lee and the rest of the Knicks faithful.
As if scoring 62 points wasn't enough Anthony recorded a double double-his 17th of the season as he recorded 13 rebounds on the glass to compliment his offensive dream at the other end of the court.
Carmelo Anthony wasn't the only Knicks player to come under extreme pressure from the New York media after failing to live up to his award winning 2012-13 season prior to last night's game.
Trade rumours have been swirling around for both Anthony and JR Smith - the pair were formerly together for the Western Conference Denver Nuggets.
JR Smith has come off a 2012-13 year in which he won 6th man of the year but has seen his minutes sharply decline in recent games as Mike Woodson has even benched Smith for entire games due to his sub-par performances and lack of discipline on the court.
Whilst for once the attention wasn't on Smith last night he quietly had a good game tallying 14 points on 5-9 shooting from the field.
The 16-27 Knicks next take the court on Sunday against the 16-28 LA Lakers-also suffering a poor season after making the playoffs in 2013 whereas the Bobcats play host to the 6th seed 21-21 Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
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