What did Melo's record-breaking night do for Knicks?
Then the Knicks MVP showed them why they can’t let him play anywhere else.
Anthony made history at Madison Square Garden, when the team needed it most. Melo scored 62 points, which set a Knicks franchise record and a MSG record. The All Star topped Bernard King’s 60 as a Knicks, and Kobe Bryant’s 61 at MSG in a 125-96 win over the Bobcats. The Knicks season hit an all-time low, but at least for one night, Knicks fans had their minds off the losing streak and instead on history.
All the talk that the Knicks should trade Anthony quickly faded into the sunset. Friday night showed the sold out crowd at MSG that they need their superstar down the road if they want a championship coming to the Big Apple. Being at the World’s Most Famous Arena was truly special on a frigid Friday night. Ticket prices dropped to what seemed an all-time low, $30. Fans were growing tired of the horrid home performances, entering the game 15-27 and just 7-15 at home.
It was his night. Everything was falling from his first shot on. He finished 23-35 from the field, including six three-pointers to go along with 13 boards. After the first quarter, everybody felt something special was happening. He finished the first quarter with 20 points. After he drilled a halftime buzzer-beater, there was no doubt that magic filled the arena that has seen its fair share of miracles in its glorious history. He would finish the first half with 37 and would add 20 more in the third, and headed to the fourth with 56 points. He would knock down a nine-footer with 7:22 remaining to make history with his 62nd point before receiving a rousing ovation as he bowed to the Garden faithful before exiting the game.
There was energy that had not been seen all season. Every time Anthony touched the ball, the crowd would erupt and your eyes could not leave the court. For one night, the Knicks were fun to watch and their major struggles were forgotten about. He may have saved Woodson’s job and he might have saved the Knicks season. That was the kind of spark this lackadaisical Knicks team needed to try and write the ship and get themselves back in the playoff picture. There’s plenty of time for the Knicks to get in a groove, especially in a weak Eastern Conference, where they stand just a game out of the eighth seed. Friday night was a message to the Knicks hierarchy that there isn’t light at the end of the tunnel if Carmelo Anthony isn’t a part of the future.