(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony is the king of Madison Square Garden. Anthony broke the single game team scoring record with 62 points, formerly held by Bernard King, in the Knicks 125-96 win over the Bobcats on Friday night.
King set the record back in 1984 with 61 points, but Anthony surpassed the record with 7:22 remaining in the fourth quarter before being taken out.
“Definitely a special moment,” Anthony said. “My teammates were telling me go get it. Just for my teammates to be as enthused with this performance as everybody else was, that just put me over the top.”
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant set the Garden record of 61 points on Feb. 2, 2009.
“It’s surreal for me right now,” Anthony said after the game.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for New York and they’ll take on the Lakers on Sunday.
“We all needed it,” Anthony said about breaking the skid. “We needed it as a team, just for a morale booster.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN