The Bobcats were unable to overcome a historic night from Carmelo Anthony as he put forth a career-high and record-setting scoring performance with 62 points as the Cats fell, 125-96, on Jan. 24 in New York. Al Jefferson led the Bobcats with 25 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.
This one got out of hand from the jump as New York came out of the gate red-hot. The Knicks started with an early 12-4 lead and Carmelo Anthony took over from there, propelling the team to a 21-point lead at the half, which included a half-court three from Anthony as time expired. The second half showed more of the same as the Cats couldn’t counter Anthony’s scoring tear. The Knicks grabbed their biggest lead of the game (39 points) and never looked back.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Knicks outperformed the Cats in almost every offensive statistical category. New York led Charlotte in field goal percentage (55.6 percent), three-point percentage (51.9 percent) and free-throw percentage (100 percent)… It wasn’t all negative, as the Cats were able to establish their offense inside, outscoring the Knicks 42-32 in the paint … The Cats led the Knicks in free throw attempts, 14-11. The team has attempted more free throw attempts than their opponent 30 times in 44 contests… The Knicks only recorded five turnovers, which is the lowest the Cats have forced all season…The Cats finished with just four players scoring in double figures – Al Jefferson (25), Chris Douglas-Roberts (14), Ramon Sessions (12) and Jannero Pargo (11).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson was a bright spot for the Cats as he put up a season-high 25 points to go with nine rebounds. Jefferson has scored at least 20 points in his last eight games.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carmelo Anthony was virtually unstoppable all night long and put the team on his back. He finished with a career-high 62 points on 65.7 percent shooting (23-of-35) and posted his 17th double-double with 13 rebounds. He had 10 all of last year.
The loss put a stop to a five-game losing skid for the Knicks… Carmelo Anthony’s 62 points are the highest mark in the NBA this season and is a single-game record for both the Knicks franchise and at Madison Square Garden… Anthony’s 62 points are the largest for an opponent against the Bobcats in team history, topping Kobe Bryant’s 58 points on Dec. 29, 2006 in triple-overtime... Josh McRoberts went 2-for-3 from long range and is now shooting 16-for-24 (66.7 percent) from three in his last six games… Jefferson has finished in double-figures for the 30th time in 32 games… Charlotte now stands at 2-1 without Kemba Walker. Walker had scored 25 points in the three previous meetings against the Knicks this season… Jannero Pargo has now scored 11 points in three straight games. He also dished out eight assists in 32 minutes of action, all season-high marks… The Knicks were without Andrea Bargnani, who sat out with a torn ulner collateral ligament in his left elbow.
The Cats will look to bounce back as they host the Chicago Bulls for the second game of a back-to-back at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen live on WFNZ 610 am, the official Bobcats app or on bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on SportSouth and NBA League Pass.