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New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts to the fans after scoring 62 points and coming out of an NBA basketball game during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 125-96. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Bill Kostroun, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

Anthony breaks records with 62 as Knicks roll

  • Article by: BRIAN MAHONEY
  • Associated Press
  • January 25, 2014 - 12:00 AM

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, most at the current Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

Anthony made 23 of 35 shots, one when he leapt from halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer, and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA's highest-scoring performance this season.

Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Kevin Durant's previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break Bernard King's Knicks record of 60 points and Kobe Bryant's arena record of 61, set five years ago.

It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer.

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