It was an historic night for the Trail Blazers.
A night that was summed up as being "dope" and something to be proud of.
Not only did Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard join the 15,000-career points club Friday, but Carmelo Anthony also surpassed Tim Duncan on the all-time scoring list.
And to quote Blazers head coach Terry Stotts “it’s Hall of Fame type stuff.”
At the 4:13 mark of the final period when the Blazers were well on their way to a blowout victory over the Warriors, Carmelo Anthony swished a corner three off a pass from Jusuf Nurkic.
Once the ball hit the bottom of the net, Melo put his three fingers up to his head with his signature three to the dome.
It was in that moment that Anthony moved up to No. 14 on the NBA's All-Time scoring list, passing Duncan’s 26,496 points.
Heading into Friday’s game Melo had notched 26,481 career points and was just 16 points away from gaining ground on the scoring list.
Melo reflected on the milestone immediately after the game.
The 18-year veteran and 10x All-Star scored 13 points in the first half after hitting back-to-back threes. He finished with 18 points on the night after knocking in 3-of-4 from behind the arc and 5-of-9 from the field.
Just as Coach Stotts has said it’s been an honor to coach Melo over the past year, it was special for him to witness Anthony’s feat Friday.
Anthony admitted he didn't realize he had surpassed Ducan in the moment.
“I didn’t even know about the record until I came on the bench and got subbed out,” Melo said.
The future Hall of Famer also joked that the record nearly didn’t happen Friday night because right before he hit the corner three, he was looking to get subbed out for a much needed break.
During the NBA restart, Melo worked his way up the All-Time scoring list to No. 15, passing Paul Pierce and John Havlicek on the esteemed list.
Now that Melo has scored 26,499 points over his 18 years in the league, he’s 169 points away from snatching the No. 13 spot from Dominique Wilkins.
Here’s how the top 15 all-time leading scores list looks now:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
- Karl Malone 36,928
- LeBron James 34,384
- Kobe Bryant 33,643
- Michael Jordan 32,292
- Dirk Nowitzki 31,560
- Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
- Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
- Moses Malone 27,409
- Elvin Hayes 27,313
- Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
- Oscar Robertson 26,710
- Dominique Wilkins 26,668
- Carmelo Anthony 26,499
- Tim Duncan 26,496
After the Trail Blazers drubbing of the Warriors, Lillard talked about his own milestone, saying "15,000 is a huge accomplishment. Something that I’m proud of, but my work is far from down.”
“There was a lot of milestones tonight,” Lillard added. “With CJ’s 25 threes this fast to start a season. Melo moving up on the points list.”
It certainly was a historic night for the Blazers and Anthony.
With a rebound at the 5:44 mark of the fourth quarter, Melo also passed David Lee for No.92 all-time on the career rebound list.
But, of course, it’s the scoring that Anthony’s teammates were talking about after the win.
McCollum continued, "Obviously, Dame has been great scoring over 15,000 points in a hurry is an amazing feat and plenty more points to be scored by both of them."
Ain’t that the truth, CJ.
Between the three of them, Melo, Lillard, and McCollum there’s plenty of points and milestones to go around.