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Carmelo Anthony moves into 10th on NBA all-time scoring list

Portland Trail Blazers v Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 3: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball to pass Elvin Hayes for 10th in all time scoring during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on May 3, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Carmelo Anthony walked into the league able to get buckets.

Eighteen seasons later he racked up so many points that with a 3-pointer early in the second quarter Monday night Anthony moved past Elvin Hayes into 10th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. This shot gave him 27,315 points in his career.

We may be doing this again soon — Anthony is just 95 points behind Moses Malone for ninth on the all-time list.

Anthony, who found a role and comfort level in Portland late in his career, is averaging 13.6 points a game for them this season, and that was up to 16 points a night with 50% shooting from three over the 11 games leading into tonight.

Anthony is a future Hall of Famer with an impressive resume — NBA scoring champion (2013), six-time All-NBA, 10 All-Star games, three Olympic gold medals, plus an NCAA championship at Syracuse — and this adds to the list.