MSG 50-point games

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The Knicks have been involved in 25 games with a 50-point scorer at Madison Square Garden; 10 at the old Garden (MSG III), and 15 at the current Garden (MSG IV). Look back at each of the individual performances, starting with the most points scored in MSG history.

WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 73 points San Francisco Warriors, center
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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 73 points
San Francisco Warriors, center
Nov. 16, 1962 at MSG III
Stats: 29-for-43 shooting, 15-for-19 free throws
Chamberlain had scored 72 points just 13 days earlier against the Los Angeles Lakers. His 73-point game came in a 127-111 win against the Knicks.

ELGIN BAYLOR: 71 points Los Angeles Lakers, power
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ELGIN BAYLOR: 71 points
Los Angeles Lakers, power forward
Nov. 15, 1960 at MSG III
Stats: 28-for-48 shooting, 15-for-18 free throws, 25 rebounds
At the time, Baylor’s 71-point output in a 123-108 win against the Knicks was the NBA single-game scoring record.

CARMELO ANTHONY: 62 points Knicks, forward Jan. 24,
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CARMELO ANTHONY: 62 points
Knicks, forward
Jan. 24, 2014 at MSG IV
Stats: 23-for-35 shooting, 10-for-10 free throws
Anthony's 62 points are a Knicks single-game record and an MSG IV record.

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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 62 points San Francisco Warriors, center
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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 62 points
San Francisco Warriors, center
Jan. 29, 1963 at MSG III
Stats: 27-for-44 shooting, 8-for-17 free throws, 12 rebounds
Michael Jordan scored 60 points in a game five times, Kobe Bryant five times, and Elgin Baylor four times; Chamberlain accomplished the feat 32 times, one of them coming in this 123-103 win against the Knicks.

KOBE BRYANT: 61 points Los Angeles Lakers, shooting
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KOBE BRYANT: 61 points
Los Angeles Lakers, shooting guard
Feb. 2, 2009 at MSG IV
Stats: 19-for-31 shooting, 3-for-6 3-pointers, 20-for-20 free throws, 0 rebounds, 3 assists
Bryant’s 61 points, scored in a 126-117 win against the Knicks, stood as the MSG IV single-game record until 2014.

BERNARD KING: 60 points Knicks, forward Dec. 25,
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BERNARD KING: 60 points
Knicks, forward
Dec. 25, 1984 at MSG IV
Stats: 19-for-30 shooting, 22-for-26 free throws, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
King’s 60 points, scored in a 120-114 loss to the Nets, stood as an MSG IV record until 2009.

WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 59 points Philadelphia Warriors, center Dec.

WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 59 points
Philadelphia Warriors, center
Dec. 25, 1961 at MSG III
Stats: 23 field goals made, 13-for-22 free throws
One of two 50-point games on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden. Chamberlain’s Warriors lost 136-135 in double overtime to the Knicks.

WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 58 points San Francisco Warriors, center
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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 58 points
San Francisco Warriors, center
Dec. 15, 1964 at MSG III
Stats: 25 field goals made, 8-for-19 free throws
Three times, a player has scored at least 50 points in an overtime game at the Garden involving the Knicks. Chamberlain’s 58 came in a 134-132 OT win against the Knicks.

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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 58 points Philadelphia Warriors, center Feb.
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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 58 points
Philadelphia Warriors, center
Feb. 21, 1960 at MSG III
Stats: 26 field goals made, 6-for-9 free throws
After the 129-122 win against the Knicks, Chamberlain, a rookie, said of the possibility of scoring 100 points in a game, “Anyone score 100? Maybe so, but it won’t be me.”

RICK BARRY: 57 points San Francisco Warriors, forward
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RICK BARRY: 57 points
San Francisco Warriors, forward
Dec. 14, 1965 at MSG III
Stats: 18-for-29 shooting, 21-for-22 free throws, 15 rebounds
Barry’s 57 points in a 141-137 loss to the Knicks were one shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s MSG III rookie record, set in 1960.

RICHIE GUERIN: 57 points Knicks, point guard Dec.

RICHIE GUERIN: 57 points
Knicks, point guard
Dec. 11, 1959 at MSG III
Stats: 18-for-21 shooting, 21-for-26 free throws
Guerin broke Neil Johnston’s then-scoring record at The Garden in a 152-121 win against the Syracuse Nationals. Johnston, a Philadelphia Warriors center, scored 50 points in a game against the Syracuse Nationals on Feb. 16, 1954.

MICHAEL JORDAN: 55 points Chicago Bulls, shooting guard
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MICHAEL JORDAN: 55 points
Chicago Bulls, shooting guard
March 28, 1995 at MSG IV
Stats: 21-for-37 shooting, 3-for-4 3-pointers, 10-for-11 free throws, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Jordan went the longest time (3,069 days) between 50-point games at Madison Square Garden. His Bulls beat the Knicks, 113-111.

BERNARD KING: 55 points Knicks, forward Feb. 16,
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BERNARD KING: 55 points
Knicks, forward
Feb. 16, 1985 at MSG IV
Stats: 19-for-33 shooting, 17-for-23 free throws, 11 rebounds
King is the only player to score at least 50 points more than once in the same season at MSG IV. He did it three times during the 1984-85 season, the last time coming in a 126-117 loss to New Jersey.

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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 55 points Philadelphia Warriors, center Jan.
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WILT CHAMBERLAIN: 55 points
Philadelphia Warriors, center
Jan. 30, 1962 at MSG III
Stats: 22 field goals made, 11-for-19 free throws
In the six games Chamberlain scored 50 points at MSG III, his teams were 4-2. This instance, the Warriors lost 116-110 to the Knicks.

STEPHEN CURRY: 54 pointsGolden State Warriors, power forward
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STEPHEN CURRY: 54 points
Golden State Warriors, power forward
Feb. 27, 2013 at MSG IV
Stats: 18-for-28 shooting, 11-for 13 from three, 7-for-7 free throws, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals
Curry's 54-point effort was not enough -- the Knicks beat the Warriors, 109-105, behind Tyson Chandler's career-high 28 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony's 35 points.

LEBRON JAMES: 52 points Cleveland Cavaliers, small forward
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LEBRON JAMES: 52 points
Cleveland Cavaliers, small forward
Feb. 4, 2009 at MSG IV
Stats: 17-for-33 shooting, 2-for-7 3-pointers, 16-for-19 free throws, 9 rebounds, 11 assists
James was originally credited with a triple-double in the 107-102 win against the Knicks, but had a rebound taken away after the game.

JAMAL CRAWFORD: 52 points New York Knicks, shooting
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JAMAL CRAWFORD: 52 points
New York Knicks, shooting guard
Jan, 26, 2007 at MSG IV
Stats: 20-for-30 shooting, 8-for-10 3-pointers, 4-for-4 free throws, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Crawford, who hit the fewest free throws (4) in a 50-point game at Madison Square Garden, is the last Knick to score 50 points at MSG. Crawford’s Knicks beat the Heat, 116-96.

BERNARD KING: 52 points Knicks, forward Nov. 24,
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BERNARD KING: 52 points
Knicks, forward
Nov. 24, 1984 at MSG IV
Stats: 19-for-31 shooting, 14-for-17 free throws, 7 rebounds, 7 assists
The first player to score at least 50 points in a game at MSG IV, King is also the only NBAer to eclipse the 50-point mark three times at the modern Garden. The Knicks beat the Pacers, 119-100.

RICHARD HAMILTON: 51 points Detroit Pistons, shooting guard
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RICHARD HAMILTON: 51 points
Detroit Pistons, shooting guard
Dec. 27, 2006 at MSG IV
Stats: 19-for-37 shooting, 1-for-1 3-pointers, 12-for-12 free throws, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Hamilton scored 39 points in regulation, 12 points combined in the first and second overtimes, and was held scoreless in the third overtime of a 151-145 loss to the Knicks.

PATRICK EWING: 51 points Knicks, center March 24,
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PATRICK EWING: 51 points
Knicks, center
March 24, 1990 at MSG IV
Stats: 20-for-29 shooting, 11-for-13 free throws, 18 rebounds, 1 assist
Ewing’s 18 rebounds in a 115-110 loss to the Celtics are the most in a 50-point game at MSG IV.

RICHIE GUERIN: 51 points Knicks, point guard Feb.
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RICHIE GUERIN: 51 points
Knicks, point guard
Feb. 14, 1962 at MSG III
Stats: 23 field goals made, 5-for-6 free throws, 10 rebounds, 6 assists
Guerin’s 51 points in a 125-112 win against the Celtics made him the last Knick to top 50 points at the older Garden.

LEBRON JAMES: 50 points Cleveland Cavaliers, small forward
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LEBRON JAMES: 50 points
Cleveland Cavaliers, small forward
March 5, 2008 at MSG IV
Stats: 16-for-30 shooting, 7-for-13 3-pointers, 11-for-16 free throws, 8 rebounds, 10 assists
At the time, James’ 50-point, 10-assist game in a 119-105 win against the Knicks was only the third such game in the league since the ABA-NBA merger. Stephon Marbury and Michael Jordan had the other two.

ALLAN HOUSTON: 50 points Knicks, shooting guard March
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ALLAN HOUSTON: 50 points
Knicks, shooting guard
March 16, 2003 at MSG IV
Stats: 13-for-25 shooting, 6-for-14 3-pointers, 18-for-18 free throws, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Houston took the fewest shots and made the fewest shots of any player to score 50 points in a game at Madison Square Garden. He led the Knicks to a 120-111 win against the Bucks.

PATRICK EWING: 50 points Knicks, center Dec. 1,
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PATRICK EWING: 50 points
Knicks, center
Dec. 1, 1990 at MSG IV
Stats: 22-for-31 shooting, 6-for-6 free throws, 15 rebounds, 2 assists
In the nine times a member of their team has scored 50 points at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks are 6-3. They won this game, 113-96, over the Charlotte Hornets.

MICHAEL JORDAN: 50 points Chicago Bulls, shooting guard
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MICHAEL JORDAN: 50 points
Chicago Bulls, shooting guard
Nov. 1, 1986 at MSG IV
Stats: 15-for-31 shooting, 20-for-22 free throws, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Jordan is the only player to shoot worse than 50 percent from the field in a 50-point game at MSG IV. The Bulls won, 108-103 against the Knicks.

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