On Friday night, Carmelo Anthony scored a career, franchise and Madison Square Garden high as he dropped 62 points on the Charlotte Bobcats, surpassing Kobe Bryant’s MSG record of 61 in the process.
However, Melo wanted more.
According to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley, Anthony had his eyes on Bryant’s career-high.
“I was going for 81,” Anthony said with a smile about an hour after his record-setting performance, according to the website.
Bryant’s 81 points came in 42 minutes of play. However, the difference in this one was the way Kobe scored the points and why he ended up playing 40-plus minutes.
As we looked back on the eight-year anniversary of Bryant’s career-high earlier this week, we remembered just how badly Kobe’s Lakers needed those 81 points.
The Lakers trailed by as many as 18 to the Raptors during that game in 2006, though Kobe pulled his team back into it in the second half with 55 points and an eventual 18-point win.
There’s no reason to take anything away from Melo’s 62, though. It’s still very impressive, despite him playing in the fourth quarter of a blowout in order to clinch a few records.
Some people got mad on Friday night when Kobe’s name was being mentioned while Melo was having his career game. That’s going to happen when you get into 60-plus territory, though.
You can bet that Bryant and Anthony will bring it up at some point during Sunday’s encounter, too.