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'Melo Gold: Anthony's 62 points sends Knicks past Bobcats

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - With the New York Knicks mired in a five- game losing streak and playing without their second-leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony decided to take matters into his own hands.

The result was the most prolific scoring performance in franchise history, a 62-point outburst that carried the Knicks to a 125-96 blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats and wowed the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Anthony went 23-of-35 overall from the field, 6-of-11 from 3-point range and a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line in breaking Bernard King's previous club standard of 60 points set on Christmas Day of 1984.

The effort was also the largest by an individual at the current Madison Square Garden, as well as the highest point total in the NBA since Kobe Bryant poured in 65 in a Lakers' win over Portland on Mar. 16, 2007.

J.R. Smith finished a distant second among Knicks players with 14 points and Raymond Felton added 11 in New York's first game without forward Andrea Bargnani, who tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's home setback to Philadelphia.

Al Jefferson paced the Bobcats with 25 points and nine rebounds. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 14 points for Charlotte, which came in having won two in a row despite leading scorer Kemba Walker sitting out with a sprained ankle.

01/24 21:56:50 ET

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