Thunder Win Without Durant...Spurs Keep Pace...'Melo Makes History 1/26/14
Carmelo Anthony's record-breaking performance on Friday has allowed the New York Knicks to break a five-game losing streak.
Anthony set a Knicks record and topped a Madison Square Garden mark by exploding for a career-high 62 points in a 125-96 rout of Charlotte. He broke Bernard King's club record of 60 points set on Christmas Day, 1984 and topped the arena mark established by Kobe Bryant five years ago. Anthony hit 23 of his 35 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds before leaving the game for good midway through the fourth quarter.
It's also an NBA season high for points, topping the 54 Kevin Durant scored for Oklahoma City last Friday.
Speaking of Durant, the NBA's leading scorer had to sit out Friday's game at Boston because of a sore shoulder. That didn't stop the Thunder from winning their sixth in a row, 101-83 over the Celtics.
Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to add 19. Oklahoma City shot 54 percent and outrebounded the Celtics 45-32 while Durant watched from the bench. Durant had scored at least 30 points in nine straight games before missing this one.
The outcome keeps the Thunder atop the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of San Antonio.
The Spurs routed the Hawks 105-79 in Atlanta as Tim Duncan delivered 17 points and 16 rebounds. Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) led San Antonio with 21 points, while Patty Mills added 18 on 6 of 8 from 3-point range.
Paul George allowed the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers to move 3.5 games ahead of Miami. George forced overtime with a four-point play before scoring eight of his 36 points in the extra session to lift the Pacers past the Kings 116-111 in Sacramento. George was fouled while draining a 3-pointer with 15.1 seconds left in regulation before hitting the game-tying free throw.
Indiana avoided a two-game losing streak despite Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas, who combined for 80 points. Thornton led all scorers with 42 points.