Melo: I wanted Kobe's record
Truth be told, Carmelo Anthony had his eyes on more than 62 points Friday night.
“I was going for 81,” Anthony said with a smile about an hour after his record-setting performance. If Woodson kept Anthony on the floor, he might’ve reached 81, the mythical number Bryant put up on Jan. 22, 2006.
“I thought he was going to get 80,” Iman Shumpert said. Instead, Anthony “settled” for 62 points against Charlotte on 23-for-35 shooting -- the best single-game performance in MSG history.
The previous Garden record was held by Bryant, who put up 61 against the Knicks in 2009.
So now, with Bryant's Lakers in town, the question is: What can Anthony do for an encore?
If recent history is any indication, Melo may have another big game up his sleeve on Sunday.
Anthony’s had a ton of success against Mike D’Antoni since the coach left New York.
Carmelo, who some believe influenced D’Antoni’s decision to resign from the Knicks post in March 2012, scored an eye-popping 46.5 points per 48 minutes against the D'Antoni-led Lakers last season.
If he maintains that rate, Los Angeles could be in for a long afternoon on Sunday.
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