Carmelo Anthony: 62 Points – 1/24/14

Just under five years after Kobe Bryant broke Bernard King‘s record, it was time for a Knick to reclaim the MSG scoring throne. The night was January 24, 2014, and the player was Carmelo Anthony.

Melo had The Garden rocking that night, scoring 62 points to surpass King for the franchise-record for points in a game, and Bryant for the most ever scored at The Mecca.

Melo scored 37 points in the first half and capped it off with a half-court buzzer beater.

He stayed hot after halftime and had 56 points at the end of the third quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, Melo made history by recording his 62nd point.

Melo’s shot chart, courtesy of nba.com:

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After that basket, Melo was pulled and received a standing ovation from The Garden crowd. There was 7:18 left when Melo exited the game, which makes one wonder how many points Melo could have scored if he stayed in for the entire game.

Melo shot 23-35 from the field, made all 10 of his free throw attempts and added 13 rebounds. However, arguably the most impressive stat from Melo’s game was that he had zero turnovers.

Following the final buzzer, Carmelo talked with MSG Networks.

After having a chance to cool down, Melo spoke with the media about his historic performance.

INDIVIDUAL BREAKDOWN: KOBE | KING

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The Three 60-Point Games at The Garden: Tale Of The Tape

A CLOSER LOOK — THREE 60-POINT GAMES AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Points 62 61 60
Date Jan. 24, 2014 Feb. 2, 2009 Dec. 25, 1984
Final Score Knicks 125, Bobcats 96 Lakers 126, Knicks 117 Nets 120, Knicks 114
% of Team’s Score 49.6 48.4 52.6
Attendance 19,812 19,763 10,681
FG-FGA (%) 23-35 (65.7%) 19-31 (61.3%) 19-30 (63.3%)
FT-FTA (%) 10-10 (100%) 20-20 (100%) 22-26 (84.6)
3P-3PA (%) 6-11 (54.5%) 3-6 (50%) 0-0 (0%)
Assists 0 3 5
Rebounds 13 0 7
Second Highest Teammate 14 – J.R. Smith 31 – Pau Gasol 13 – Rory Sparrow,
Pat Cummings
Opponent High Scorer 25 – Al Jefferson 24 – Al Harrington 36 – Micheal Ray Richardson


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Bernard King: 60 Points – 12/25/84

The NBA on Christmas Day has been a tradition since 1947 and the Knicks have played on Christmas 49 times, the most of any NBA team. There have been plenty of classic Christmas Day moments, but Bernard King‘s 60-point game was one of the first, and most memorable.

King became the first player to ever score at least 50 points at The Garden one month earlier, scoring 52 points in a November win against the Pacers. However, he was only getting started.

On December 25, 1984, the Knicks welcomed the Nets to town for a Christmas Day matinee. King had everything working that day, hitting mid-range jumpers, attacking the rim, dominating the paint, and getting to the free throw line.

King went to the line an astounding 26 times, making 22 attempts. He had 40 points at halftime and although he cooled off in the second half, he was still scoring.

Late in the game, he eclipsed Richie Guerin‘s Knicks’ single-game record of 57 points, and shortly after that he sunk one of his 22 free throws to give him 60 points, becoming only the 10th player in NBA history to score at least 60 points in a single game.

Watch all of King’s 60 points below and check out his box score from the game.

However, unlike Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, King’s team didn’t win the game, as the Knicks dropped the contest, 120-114.

King would record another 50-point game at The Garden that season (his third of the season), and is the only player with multiple 50-point games at The Mecca in the same season.

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PENALTY ROBS RED BULLS OF FIRST WIN

It was the main talking point from the Red Bulls’ 1-1 draw last Saturday — the 71st-minute penalty awarded to Colorado by referee Alan Kelly that set up Colorado’s equalizer.

With New York up 1-0 and looking to close out the game, Colorado’s Marvin Chavez slammed into the burly chest of Jamison Olave and tumbled to the ground dramatically inside the penalty box. Kelly gave away the spot kick — despite Chavez looking as if he embellished the foul — to the chagrin of the home fans and to the ire of Red Bulls’ players.

“I told the ref that Olave held his ground,” Red Bulls goalie Luis Robles told MSG’s Tina Cervasio after the game. “You can’t expect a defender not to be able to stand their ground. I thought that [Chavez] went down pretty easily and it was an unfair call. But at the end of the day, if I was on the other side, I’d want the call, too.”

While the Red Bulls had legitimate gripes for the penalty being awarded, it wasn’t the only reason they dropped points against the Rapids. Outside of the first 20 minutes of the game and Thierry Henry’s goal in the 57th minute, New York’s attacking play lacked guile and seemed labored going forward. The Red Bulls were outshot 18-11 by the Rapids and had just two shots on goal. New York resorted to “route one” soccer as head coach Mike Petke called it, launching long balls up the field instead of relying on the intricate play that was the team’s calling card last year.

“We had a lack of creativity [Saturday],” Petke told Cervasio after the game. “ … We have to work on sustaining our attacks. The first 20 minutes we were good and all of a sudden we were kind of deflated. We have to figure out a way how to sustain that or alternate ways if we can’t sustain it.”

The good news for the Red Bulls was that their defensive play was improved from their nightmarish season opener in Vancouver. Although he gave away the penalty, Olave brought his calming presence back to the back four, something that it sorely needed.

“Having Olave back was huge for us because he’s such a good organizer for us,” Robles said. “He’s such a presence for us. Balls over the top, he’s able to track down. It was nice for us to have the big guy back.”

A Look Ahead: at Chicago Fire

Sunday’s Red Bulls match sees them head to a place that has been a house of horrors for them.

While the Red Bulls had legitimate gripes for the penalty being awarded, it wasn’t the only reason they dropped points against the Rapids. Outside of the first 20 minutes of the game and Thierry Henry’s goal in the 57th minute, New York’s attacking play lacked guile and seemed labored going forward. The Red Bulls were outshot 18-11 by the Rapids and had just two shots on goal. New York resorted to “route one” soccer as head coach Mike Petke called it, launching long balls up the field instead of relying on the intricate play that was the team’s calling card last year.

“We had a lack of creativity [Saturday],” Petke told Cervasio after the game. “ … We have to work on sustaining our attacks. The first 20 minutes we were good and all of a sudden we were kind of deflated. We have to figure out a way how to sustain that or alternate ways if we can’t sustain it.”

The good news for the Red Bulls was that their defensive play was improved from their nightmarish season opener in Vancouver. Although he gave away the penalty, Olave brought his calming presence back to the back four, something that it sorely needed.

“Having Olave back was huge for us because he’s such a good organizer for us,” Robles said. “He’s such a presence for us. Balls over the top, he’s able to track down. It was nice for us to have the big guy back.”

A Look Ahead: at Chicago Fire

Sunday’s Red Bulls match sees them head to a place that has been a house of horrors for them. New York has never won at Toyota Park, and, with 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee expected to make his season debut, the task ahead of the Red Bulls looks to be extremely daunting.

Magee made an immediate impact on the Fire’s fortunes after a midseason trade from the LA Galaxy last season, scoring 15 goals for Chicago in just 22 games, to nearly lead the Fire to a postseason berth.

The Fire sports the same record as the Red Bulls (0-1-1) and drew 1-1 with the Portland Timbers in their last outing last Saturday. Like the Red Bulls, Chicago surrendered a late equalizer and had to settle for the point.

Petke is still searching for his preferred starting 11 and he may tinker with the lineup after setting up in a flat 4-4-2 with Tim Cahill in midfield and Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips up front against Colorado. Looking for more goals, Petke may revert back to Cahill and Henry as his forwards, something that was used to great effect last season.

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Inside the Numbers: Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist surpassed Mike Richter to become the Rangers all-time wins leader after recording win No. 302 March 18 against the Senators.

Take a look at how the goaltender has progressed since joining New York.
*All stats as of March 18, 2014*

Season Games Wins Losses OTL GAA SV% Shutouts
2005-2006 53 30 12 9 2.24 .922 2
2006-2007 70 37 22 8 2.34 .917 5
2007-2008 72 37 24 10 2.23 .912 10
2008-2009 70 38 25 7 2.43 .916 3
2009-2010 73 35 27 10 2.38 .921 4
2010-2011 68 36 27 5 2.28 .923 11
2011-2012 62 39 18 5 1.97 .930 8
2012-2013 43 24 16 3 2.05 .926 2
2013-2014 51 25 21 4 2.50 .920 4

See how “King Henrik” stacks up against other Ranger greats in net.

Player Seasons Games Wins Losses Ties OTL GAA SV% Shutouts
Henrik Lundqvist 2005-2014 562 302* 192 0 14 2.27 .920 49
Mike Richter 1988-2003 666 301 258 73 14 2.89 .904 24
Eddie Giacomin 1965-1976 538 266 172 89 0 2.73 49
Gump Worsley 1952-1963 582 204 271 101 0 3.05 24
John Vanbiesbrouk 1981-1993 449 200 177 47 9 3.45 16
Dave Kerr 1934-1941 324 157 100 57 0 2.07 40

Take a look at how Hank ranks among other active NHL netminders.

Player Seasons Games Wins Losses Ties OTL GAA SV% Shutouts
Henrik Lundqvist 2005-2014 562 302* 192 0 14 2.27 .920 49
Martin Brodeur 1991-2014 1,253 686 392 105 47 2.24 .912 124
Roberto Luongo 1999-2014 794 369 307 33 60 2.51 .919 66
Ryan Miller 2002-2014 547 290 186 1 57 2.58 .916 28
Marc-Andre Fleury 2003-2014 521 283 166 2 42 2.62 .910 28
Jonathan Quick 2007-2014 324 170 114 0 31 2.29 .915 29
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PETKE TAKES THE BLAME AFTER SEASON-OPENING LOSS

Mike Petke was extremely aggravated after seeing his Red Bulls get outplayed in their 2014 season opener. And there was one person he specifically had in his crosshairs.

Missing Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave due to injury precaution, the Red Bulls’ makeshift starting lineup were torn asunder from the first whistle to the final kick, as they were soundly beaten, 4-1, last Saturday in Vancouver. Lacking defensive shape and getting overrun in the midfield time and time again, Petke aimed his fury not at any player, but at himself.

“It’s on me,” he said to the media after the defeat. “I got it completely wrong … my game plan obviously was wrong. The whole focus was the first game, the preseason and the week leading up. With the result, I got it wrong.”

It’s tough to criticize a man who has had a Midas touch since taking over as coach, but Petke did make some changes that raised eyebrows. Perhaps looking to surprise new Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson – a former Red Bulls player and coach who has worked with Petke in the past – Petke decided to overhaul his starting XI, giving starts to three new signings. Whether the final outcome was due to lack of chemistry or lack of quality, Petke’s experiment fell short of expectations.

He decided to use Peguy Luyindula as a striker to replace Henry. While Luyindula was an effective player down the stretch last season, his best moments in 2013 were mostly as an attacking midfielder, just behind the main strikers. The Frenchman couldn’t get on the same wavelength as Tim Cahill, with the Australian international being used in the role of secondary striker. Despite dominating possession, 57 percent to 42 percent, New York’s vaunted attack lacked verve and creativity.

The defense and midfield also struggled and were shredded by an energetic Whitecaps attack on numerous occasions. Forced on the back foot, New York struggled mightily without the dominant physical presence of Olave and gifted chances. Two of the Red Bulls’ new signings, right back Richard Eckersley and center back Armando, were targeted specifically by Vancouver, as the Whitecaps took advantage.

The good news for the Red Bulls is that Petke most likely won’t be employing the same starting lineup for this Saturday’s match against the Colorado Rapids for New York’s home opener. Henry and Olave will make their 2014 debuts and will undoubtedly improve the Red Bulls’ attacking and defensively play against a rebuilding Rapids side playing its first match of the season.

Petke Signs New Contract

It was expected for quite some time, but it became official Wednesday, as Mike Petke finally put pen to paper to a contract extension as the Red Bulls’ head coach.

Last year’s strong showing and the passion for the job were keys for the Red Bulls’ front office in agreeing to the new contract.

“Mike is a passionate coach with great potential and this improved contract is the club’s way of recognizing last season’s Supporters’ Shield success,” Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said in a press release. “In the highly competitive MLS, winning the regular season title last year was a great achievement and provides Mike and the club with a good platform to build on.”

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2014 RED BULLS SEASON PREVIEW

When Mike Petke was named the New York Red Bulls head coach on Jan. 24, 2013, no one was sure what to expect.

Petke was undoubtedly an accomplished player – a three-time Major League Soccer All-Star and former US International defender – and he was solidly a Red Bulls fan favorite for his long career with the club. His 13-year career and his franchise-record 169 appearances for the club earned him kudos and equity amongst supporters. But there was no guarantee that the Bohemia, New York native would become a success in his first stint as coach.

The result was better than anyone ever could have hoped for.  Petke guided the Red Bulls to arguably their best season in franchise history, overcoming early-season struggles and even internal strife. He delivered New York’s first significant trophy –the Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best regular-season record – and ended 18 long years of suffering for a club that yearned for glory. Under Petke’s watch, the Red Bulls played a blistering brand of counterattacking soccer and led the MLS with 54 goals.

Still, the season ended up being bittersweet. New York was unable to complete the double and was eliminated in the MLS Playoffs by the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The ultimate goal, the MLS Cup, would have to wait for another year.

Is that 2014 going to be that year? Possibly, if the Red Bulls find the right answers to some questions heading into this season.

Can Thierry Henry Finish What He Started?

Here’s what you can say about Thierry Henry’s time in New York so far: the 36-year-old has brought more notoriety and star power to the Red Bulls and his contributions on the field have been more than respectable.

But to make his legacy complete, Henry must achieve the final goal in his American journey.

“We won the Supporters’ Shield last year, and as we all know, in Europe, it would have been enough,” he said to MLSSoccer.com on Feb. 25. “But we’re not in Europe. You have to win the MLS Cup.”

If he continues to play like he has in his three previous full seasons, his team might be able to do it this year. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Henry remains one of MLS’s most creative and dynamic players.  He was second on the team with 10 goals and led the Red Bulls in assists with nine last season.

Like another New York sports star before him, the Red Bulls’ captain is the straw that stirs the drink. He is New York’s top attacking threat and is still deadly when given a scoring chance.  The Red Bulls’ MLS Cup chances ride on the French legend being able to maintain his level of success for one more season.

Is Tim Cahill Going to be played as a Striker or Midfielder?

After a sluggish first half-season with the Red Bulls, Tim Cahill came on leaps and bounds in 2013.

The Australian international led New York with 11 goals, including some dramatic stoppage-time tallies that helped lift New York to the Supporters’ Shield title. He was arguably the Red Bulls’ most valuable player and was as inspirational as a leader in the locker room as he was on the pitch.

The former Everton man has always been a versatile player throughout his career. With his goalscoring prowess, he can be utilized as a forward – playing as a second striker behind Henry – or he can be played in the center of midfield. During the preseason, Petke has experimented with Cahill and Henry as his strike partnership and chosen Dax McCarty and Eric Alexander as his two starting midfielders.

With Cahill expected to go to the World Cup with the Socceroos, Petke will no doubt want to try and conserve the 34-year-old’s legs. That could mean seeing Cahill playing up front and lessen the running Cahill would have to do on a game-by-game basis.

Who Will Partner Jamison Olave in Center Defense?

The Red Bulls were a dominant team when Jamison Olave was in the lineup last season – 17-6-6 in 2013 – and was lackluster without him (0-3-2). Olave earned himself a new contract in the offseason and the 32-year-old is Petke’s defensive linchpin. The burly Columbian will have a new cohort in center defense after New York let go of Markus Holgersson, Olave’s preferred partner in 2013.

Ibrahim Sekagya, youngster Matt Miazga and new signing Armando are the contenders for the starting spot, with Armando partnering Olave early on in preseason games.  All three players are virtually untested in the rigors of MLS play and Petke will hope that one of the trio can take hold of a starting spot.

One thing is certain about center defense: the Red Bulls must have Olave available for most of their games. It can be argued that New York lost its semifinals matchup against the Houston Dynamo last season when he was sent off in the first leg. His physical brand of defending is highly thought of by Petke and, with a group of untested defenders behind him, Olave will need to be the rock in defense that Petke will rely upon.

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