On Dec. 25, 1984, Bernard King just had it going.
Playing against the struggling New Jersey Nets, he knocked down 19 of his 30 attempts from the field and a ridiculous 22 of his 26 shots from the charity stripe to score 60 points, which remains both the Christmas Day and New York Knicks' single-game scoring record.
Does anyone else feel like that record could be in jeopardy on Christmas Day in 2012?
Carmelo Anthony has been lighting it up from everywhere during the 2012-13 season, and the Los Angeles Lakers don't exactly play defense. He was on pace for far more than 60 points last time the two teams squared off this season, dropping 22 in the first quarter before the margin between the two teams necessitated a drop in minutes.
I posed the question of whether or not Anthony could break King's record on Christmas to one of my friends, Marvin, and this is how the conversation progressed:
Asked for a gut reaction as to what percentage chance we should give Melo, he immediately said 35 percent. After we actually broke down the situation and discussed how much rest the small forward would have, as well as the fact that the game would be in the Staples Center, he dropped the estimate to just five percent.
But hey, that's still a chance. Don't be surprised at all when Melo is on pace for 60 rather late into the proceedings.