This past week, Carmelo Anthony had a game to remember against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It was memorable thanks to his 45 points, but it was actually a single quarter that made it remarkable, and historic.
In the third quarter alone, Carmelo scored 33 points on 12 of 15 shots, 5 of 6 free throws, and 4 of 5 three point attempts.
Let that sink in a little.
In the quarter the rest of the Nuggets team scored 7 points. Chauncey Billups kept feeding the ball to Carmelo, and he just kept making shots.Â
The quarter was historic because he set an all-time Nuggets franchise record for most points in a quarter and he tied the NBA mark set by George “Ice Man” Gervin on April 9th, 1978.
And he did it all while fighting thru a sore right elbow that has bothered him much of the season, contributing to his lowest FG % (so far) since his rookie season in 2003-2004.
Fortunately, the Nuggets were able to continue the trend in the 4th quarter and pulled off the come from behind victory so that the record could be the highlight, and not just an asterik in a loss. Carmelo’s 45 points in total for the game was just 4 off of his career high.