How Does Carmelo Anthony’s 62 Points Hold Up Against Other Sports Rarities?
by Tommy Gimler
Let’s face it. Somebody scoring over sixty points in an NBA game happens about as often Taylor Swift releases a song that doesn’t blow, so Carmelo Anthony’s 62-point performance Friday night, albeit against the Charlotte Bobcats, was nonetheless impressive. But where does it stand up against other big dick player performances in other sports?
According to Basketball-Reference.com, Anthony became just the 31st player since the 1963-64 season to drop 60 in a game and the first to do it since Kobe Bryant poured in 61 against the Knicks almost five years ago. In the NBA alone, scoring 62 is a bigger rarity than hitting 22 free throws in a game, grabbing 28 boards, or compiling 23 assists.
In Major League Baseball, only seven players have hit four home runs in a game since 1963, but Carmelo’s 62-point effort is by far a bigger rarity than hitting at least three home runs in a game, which has happened 381 times since ’63. Stealing five bases in one game happens more often than somebody puts up 62 points, as does somebody driving in 8 runs.
In the NFL, quarterbacks have thrown six touchdown passes in a game more often than an NBA player has dropped 62 in a game since 1963. Four rushing touchdowns, four receiving touchdowns, six field goals, 480 passing yards, 230 rushing yards, and 245 receiving yards all happen more often in one game than an NBA player scoring 62 points.
So, when Bomani Jones and that retard Woody Paige are still talking about Carmelo on Monday, will it be warranted? Based on how often something like this happens, this time the answer is yes…