Last night in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony drops 62 points in Knicks 125-96 rout of Bobcats

(Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)

Carmelo Anthony was 23 of 35 from the floor against the Bobcats.

Just when talk of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant being the NBA’s best scorer was at a premium, Carmelo Anthony reminds us he is the NBA’s reigning scoring champion. Anthony scored a Madison Square Garden record 62 points as the New York Knicks smoked the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96.

Magic 114 – Lakers 105 – Orlando outscored Los Angeles 38-23 in the 3rd quarter, including the final 14 of the period. Tobias Harris scored a game-high 28 points and 20 rebounds. Rookie Victor Oladipo had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando. The Lakers were led by Pau Gasol with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

LAL ORL
P Gasol 21 Harris 28
R Gasol 11 Harris 20
A Marshall 14 Afflalo 6

Raptors 104 – 76ers 95 – Philly homeboy Kyle Lowry posted a triple-double of 18 points, 10 boards and 13 dimes. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 34 points. Michael Carter-Williams led 76ers with 20 points.

TOR PHI
P DeRozan 34 Carter-Williams 20
R Lowry 10 Hawes 12
A Lowry 13 Anderson 5

Spurs 105 – Hawks 79 – San Antonio jumped out to a 27-14 lead after the first quarter and pounded Atlanta on the glass 54-36. The Spurs — who were without three starters were led by Boris Diaw’s 21 points and Tim Duncan’s 16 rebounds. Paul Milsap led the Hawks with 15 points.

SAS ATL
P Diaw 21 Millsap 15
R Duncan 16 Millsap 8
A Parker 7 Williams 7

Thunder 101 – Celtics 83 – The Thunder played their first game with out Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and still had their way with the Celtics. OKC — who led by as many as 23, was led by Serge Ibaka’s 21 points. Jeff Green led Boston with 16 points.

OKC BOS
P Ibaka 21 Green 16
R Perkins 9 Sullinger 4
A Jackson 8 Rondo 8

Nets 107 – Mavs 106 – Brooklyn rendered Dirk Nowitzki powerless as unheralded scorer Mirza Teletovic carried the Nets to their ninth win in ten games. Deron Williams finished with 18 points and 11 assists. Vince Carter led Dallas with 19 points.

DAL BKN
P Carter 19 Teletovic 34
R Marion 11 Garnett 11
A Ellis 7 Williams 11

Cavs 93 – Bucks 78 – Cleveland got nice contributions from Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao. Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 13 points. The Bucks are 1-9 in their last ten contests.

MIL CLE
P Middleton 13 Varejao 16
R Antetokounmpo 7 Thompson 10
A Mayo 6 Irving 10

Pelicans 103 – Pistons 101 – Detroit outscored New Orleans 32-17 in the third quarter only to give up 32 points in a decisive fourth quarter. Anthony Morrow led the Pelicans with 21 points, including 13 in the fourth. Brandon Jennings scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the second half.

NOP DET
P Morrow 21 Jennings 28
R Davis 8 Drummond 20
A Gordon 3 Jennings 7

Knicks 125 – Bobcats 96 – Carmelo Anthony’s huge night came minus an assist or steal, but he did add 13 rebounds. Al Jefferson led Charlotte with 25 points and 9 boards.

CHA NYK
P Jefferson 25 Anthony 62
R Jefferson 9 Anthony 13
A Pargo 8 Felton 5

Clippers 112 – Bulls 95 – Blake Griffin flirted with a triple-double as Los Angeles opened up a huge lead and never looked back. Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 13 boards and 7 dimes.

LAC CHI
P Griffin 26 Boozer 22
R Griffin 13 Noah 13
A Griffin 7 Noah 7

Grizzlies 88 – Rockets 87 – Memphis won their first Southwest Division game of the season. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 15 points and 8 boards. Chandler Parsons led all scorers with a career-high 34 points.

MEM HOU
P Lee 19 Parsons 34
R Randolph 8 Howard 12
A Johnson 5 Harden 13

Wizards 101 – Suns 95 – Phoenix faded after holding a 57-51 halftime lead, scoring only 38 points in the second half. Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 23 points. Goran Dragic led the Suns with 19 points.

WAS PHX
P Ariza 23 Dragic 19
R Nene 8 Plumlee 6
A Wall 12 Dragic 11

Pacers 116 – Kings 111 (overtime) – Indiana outscored Sacramento 13-8 in a very entertaining contest. Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 42 points for the shorthanded Kings. Paul George led the Pacers with 36, including a four-point play with 15.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

IND SAC
P George  36 Thornton   42
RB Hibbert  11 Williams    11
A Hill   8 Thomas      6

Wolves 121 – Warriors 120 – Minnesota pulled back to .500 with their third straight win while Golden State has dropped two in a row. Two of Kevin Martin’s 26 points came on a 20-foot game winner with 8.4 seconds remaining. Kevin Love finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Steph Curry led the Warriors with a game-high 33 points and 15 assists.

MIN GSW
P Love 26 Curry 33
R Love 14 Bogut 11
A Rubio 12 Curry 15

 

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