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, Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.
‘‘It’s an unbelievable feeling,’’ Anthony said in an interview on MSG Network immediately after the game. ‘‘It’s just a zone that you get into sometimes. Only certain people know what that zone feels like.’’
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.
‘‘I came into this game locked in,’’ Anthony said. ‘‘I didn’t know I was going to have that type of performance . . . It’s a special moment. I know Bernard King is somewhere smiling at me . . . I was just taking it one possession at a time . . . My teammates found me. I've got to thank them.’’
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.
That was all on hold for a night, the focus simply on Anthony’s amazing scoring.
Pacers 116, Kings 111 — Paul George scored 36 points as Indiana topped host Sacramento to rebound from its worst loss of the season, a 24-point beatdown by the Suns on Wednesday.
Magic 114, Lakers 105 — Tobias Harris had 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lift host Orlando over obviously fatigued Los Angeles, playing its sixth game of a seven-game road trip.
Raptors 104, 76ers 95 — Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help Toronto win in Philadelphia.
Spurs 105, Hawks 79 — Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta as visiting San Antonio coasted to a win.
Pelicans 103, Pistons 101 — Eric Gordon’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds left gave New Orleans the victory over host Detroit.
Cavaliers 93 Bucks 78 — Anderson Varejao scored 16 points and Kyrie Irving had 10 points and 10 assists, leading host Cleveland over Milwaukee.
Nets 107, Mavericks 106 — Mirza Teletovic scored 24 of his 34 points in the second quarter and Deron Wiliams had 18 points and 11 assists as Brooklyn beat visiting Dallas for its fourth straight win.
Wizards 101, Suns 95 — Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, Bradley Beal sank a pair of crucial shots down the stretch and Washington opened a four-game road trip with a over Phoenix.
Grizzlies 88, Rockets 87 — Courtney Lee scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 15, and Memphis held off host Houston.
Clippers 112, Bulls 95 — Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead Los Angeles’s victory in Chicago.
Timberwolves 121, Warriors 120 — Kevin Love and Kevin Martin each scored 26 points to offset a 33-point outing by Stephen Curry as Minnesota slipped past host Golden State.