Reminders of Carmelo Anthony's greatness are hot in the NBA bubble. Here's another one for fans to chew on: The 17-year NBA veteran just passed Paul Pierce for 15th place on the all-time scoring list. 💦
Putting up 20 points for his Trail Blazers in a nail-biting 124-121 win over the 76ers on Sunday night, Anthony now sits at 26,411 career points. That's just 85 points behind Spurs legend Tim Duncan, who has 26,496 points. Following Duncan is Dominique Wilkins with 26,668.
Melo's teammates presented him with the well-deserved game ball.
Damian Lillard, who went off for 51 points and 7 assists, showed nothing but respect for Slim Melo last week following a dub against the Rockets, calling him a "Hall of Famer" and a "great teammate."
"It’s more disappointing that people are surprised by [his performance]," he continued. "He’s a great teammate, and that’s what we expect from him. We put him in those positions because we expect him to make those shots, we believe he is going to make those shots, and we brought him here because we knew he would make a difference for our team."
Speaking to ESPN after his record-setting game, Melo said the milestone was "an honor" and that he's in the presence of "some greats." But he admitted that it's "very hard to talk about it when you’re still in this dog fight." This Blazers team is special.