By Charles R. Trimble III
After hearing whispers that the Knicks were better off without him, Carmelo Anthony has quieted that talk by catapulting his game to a level not seen around here since the days of Bernard King. His recent 131-point explosion against the Heat, Hawks and Bucks brought back memories of some of the greatest offensive performances ever by a Knickerbocker. Below we take a look back at the most memorable:
Allan Houston, Feb 16, 2003 vs. L.A. Lakers
Houston exploded against Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers for a career high of 53pts on 18-for-29 shooting, including draining 4-for-5 from 3-point range in this historic performance at the Staples Center.
Bernard King, Jan 31st & Feb 1st 1984 vs. San Antonio, Dallas
During his second season in New York, King would do what no other Knickerbocker had done before him, and that was score 50 points in back to back games, later to be known as “The Texas Massacre”.
Carmelo Anthony, April 2, 2013 vs. Miami
Arguably the most incredible 50 pt performance ever if you take in account that no points were scored inside the paint, meaning Carmelo never scored off a lay-up while dropping his 50pts! His average shot attempt was at least 20 ft away from the basket for an unimaginable shooting percentage of 69.2%.
Willis Reed, Nov 1, 1967 vs. L.A. Lakers
Reed exploded for 53pts and in the process, equaled Jerry West’s single quarter “Sports Arena” record of 24pts when he hit 11-for-14 field goals in the 2nd quarter alone.
Bernard King, Dec 25, 1984 vs. N.J. Nets
King gave the fans a gift they’d never forget when he dropped 60pts against the Nets on Christmas day. Arguably the greatest scorer in franchise history, Bernard tormented the Nets with 40 pts by halftime in a performance so memorable, most forget the Knicks lost the game 120-114.
Jamal Crawford, Jan 27, 2007 vs. Miami
Crawford electrified the Garden crowd by making 20 of 30 shots from the field, 8 of 10 from 3-point range and 4 for 4 from the foul line, en route to scoring 52pts against the defending NBA Champs, Miami Heat. During a 23-minute stretch, Crawford hit 16 consecutive shots.
Allan Houston, March 16, 2003 vs. Milwaukee
Houston torched the Milwaukee Bucks scoring 50pts in front of the Garden faithful only a month after dropping 53 pts against the Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony, Jan 25, 2013 vs. Atlanta
Anthony ties franchise record with nine 3-pointers on his way to 42pts versus the Hawks in a scintillating performance.
Patrick Ewing, March 24, 1990 vs. Boston
The franchise’s all-time leader in points and rebounds had both on display against the Celtics when the Big Fella dropped a career high of 51pts, on 20-for 29 from the field, 11 of 13 from the foul line to go along with 18 rebounds! Ewing’s greatest performance no one remembers!
Richie Guerin, Dec 11, 1957 vs. Syracuse
The high scoring guard bombed and slashed his way to 57pts against Syracuse establishing himself as one of the premiere guards of his era. His single season scoring record of 57pts stood for nearly 30 years until Bernard King broke it in 84’.
Latrell Sprewell, Jan 26, 2002 vs. Milwaukee
The explosive Sprewell tied a franchise record by hitting nine 3-pointers on his way to a 48pt performance that was accompanied by 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals! Truly a memorable game by a memorable player.
Walt “Clyde” Frazier, May 8, 1970 vs. L.A. Lakers
By far the most clutch performance in the history of the franchise, Frazier’s Game 7 performance in the 1970 NBA Finals has been widely overshadowed by Willis Reed’s inspiring entrance, but it was his 36pts and 19 assists that brought New York its first NBA Championship and Clyde the title of the “Greatest Knick”.
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