Carmelo Anthony: Taking A Look Back On The One Year Anniversary Of His 62-Point Performance


Let us take a trip down memory lane to this day last season. On January 24th, 2014 Carmelo Anthony had the greatest scoring show seen in the history of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, pouring in 62 points against the-then Charlotte Bobcats.

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It was an offensive explosion for Anthony, as he was unguardable and scored from all over the court. Things have been tough for the Knicks in the year since, as they missed the playoffs in 2014 and are currently on a franchise worst pace for wins. But even with all of the negatives, for at least one day, Anthony and the Knicks can look back at something extremely memorable.

It seems like just yesterday that Anthony was putting on the offensive exhibition, when he made 23-35 from the field, knocking down 6-11 from deep and all 10 of his foul shots. He also added 13 rebounds in the game as he regained the top spot in most points scored at Madison Square Garden; it was previously held by Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard Kobe Bryant with 61, one above the Knicks previous record held by Bernard King.

Carmelo Anthony Shot Chart From 62 Point Game

“It’s been a year, I can’t believe it’s been a year already since that time,” Anthony said talking after the Knicks’ third-straight win Friday night when they defeated the Orlando Magic. That is the longest winning streak for the Knicks this season, which could explain why Anthony was not thinking about his personal achievements from last season, but instead focusing on the positives that the Knicks have recently achieved.

“I could give a damn about 62 right now. But four, the number four does sound good,” Anthony added Friday night. He would add, “It’s been a good feeling these last couple of days.” The four that he is referring to is the next number in the Knicks winning streak should they defeat the Charlotte Hornets Saturday night. It has been the best the Knicks have looked arguably all season, as they have averaged 103.3 points during the week streak while allowing only 96.3 points per game.

The four consecutive wins would be a season-high, but it will not come easily. The Knicks will be without starting point guard Jose Calderon, who suffered a knee injury in Friday night’s victory over the Magic. He banged knees with Magic point guard Elfrid Payton, and did not even travel with the team to Charlotte.

It will also be tough because Anthony will not have a chance to top his 62 point performance from last season, as he will also be sidelined tonight. The knee injury he is battling is no secret, and the Knicks will play it carefully with him and give him rest tonight on the second night of a back-to-back.

At this point of his recovery, and where the Knicks season currently stands, there is no reason to push it. Anthony has hinted that surgery at some point will more than likely be required to fix his ailing knee, but at this time he has no intention of going under the knife. Tonight will just be a rest day for him after playing in the last four games before sitting out the previous six.

So while there will be no repeat offensive performance like this day in 2014 for Anthony in 2015, he can still look back at the eye-popping performance he put on last season. Maybe Lance Thomas, who scored 16 points last night and will be starting for Anthony tonight, can pick up some of the magic off of him for last season. It is doubtful, but one thing for certain is that the Hornets are happy they will not have to try and stop Anthony tonight on the one-year anniversary of his greatest scoring night.

And for your viewing pleasure, check out this highlight video of the game:

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