New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony did the unthinkable Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, making history in the process.
Not Patrick Ewing. Not Bernard King. Not Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant has even had a bigger scoring night at the magical Madison Square Garden. That honor belongs solely to Melo after his 62-point performance.
It’s kind of an odd situation because all of the greats have a role in Melo’s performance.
Anthony surpassed King for the highest scoring game in Knicks history and did so in front of Knicks’ legend Ewing, who was on the bench as an assistant coach for the Jordan-owned Bobcats. As for Bryant, who held the MSG record before last night with 61 points, he gets to witness what Anthony has in store for an encore as the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Garden on Sunday.
But while Anthony now holds the record for most points in Garden history, his record-setting night also gives him a place in NBA history.
Just to step back and realize what Melo accomplished, let’s put his magical night into perspective.
Anthony joined a list of 60-point scorers that is a who’s who of basketball legends, as he is now only the 21st member of the 60-point club.
That list includes: Bryant (five times), Gilbert Arenas, Allen Iverson, Tom Chambers, Larry Bird, King, Wilt Chamberlain (32 times), Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, Jordan (five times), Elgin Baylor (four times), George Mikan, Tracy McGrady, George Gervin, Jerry West, Joe Fulks, Rick Barry, Pete Maravich, David Thompson and David Robinson.
Everyone on that list other than Chambers, McGrady and Arenas are Hall of Famer’s as Shaq and Iverson will more than likely both be first ballot Hall of Famer’s when their time comes.
That is elite company for Melo to be with.
It could have been even better company as Anthony could have easily scored 70 had he not been lifted from the game with over seven minutes remaining.
The list of the 70-point club includes only Robinson, Baylor, Thompson, Bryant and Chamberlain.
That would have been some company to keep for Anthony.
However when you look back and put what Anthony did into perspective, you can’t take away that on this one night he put himself in the class with some of the greatest to ever play the game.
Only a few have had the opportunity to do it and that will be something that can never be taken away.