Carmelo Anthony turned back the clock against the Warriors on Wednesday night, scoring 22 points -- tying for the Portland Trail Blazers' team-high -- in a win over Golden State.
Yet the 36-year-old was awed by one of his counterparts on the other side.
Steph Curry led the game with 35 points (on 13-of-28 shooting), adding seven rebounds and five assists. No other Warrior scored more than 14, yet Golden State led deep into the last minute of what would become a 108-106 loss.
"The way the game is now, this is his pace," Anthony told reporters in a postgame video conference. "He's a focal point, and he's going out there and he's putting that team on his back. He's still who he is, right? He's still Steph Curry. He's out there sometimes, you're in awe watching him play, the shots that he make, the shots that he take. It's just great to watch."
Curry upped his scoring average to 29.7 points per game, good enough for third in the league this season. That's second only to the 30.1 points per game he averaged in 2015-16, when he became the first unanimous NBA MVP in the history of the league. He's also shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from behind the 3-point line and 93.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The statistics are staggering, as are the shots Curry hits on a nightly basis. He just might've topped all of them Wednesday, after putting just enough English to successfully use the top of the backboard on a layup.
Can you blame Anthony, an 18-year veteran, for being amazed?