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Carmelo Anthony honored to pass Tim Duncan for 14th on the all-time NBA scoring list

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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.

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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.

I’m honored. I’m just happy to continue to do what I love to do.

Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony told sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam after the win

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.

For me to surpass Tim Duncan, who we all know how great of a player he was and what he did for this game, I’m still going. I’m still enjoying it.

Carmelo Anthony 

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.

It’s extraordinary. I’ve been fortunate to be around some Hall of Fame players and when a guy like that passes a player like Tim Duncan, it’s elite company… You have to savor those moments. It’s easy to kind of overlook it… To be 14th all-time is Hall of Fame stuff.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

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:

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar        38,387
  2. Karl Malone      36,928
  3. LeBron James   34,384
  4. Kobe Bryant     33,643
  5. Michael Jordan 32,292
  6. Dirk Nowitzki    31,560
  7. Wilt Chamberlain       31,419
  8. Shaquille O'Neal        28,596
  9. Moses Malone 27,409
  10. Elvin Hayes       27,313
  11. Hakeem Olajuwon     26,946
  12. Oscar Robertson       26,710
  13. Dominique Wilkins   26,668
  14. Carmelo Anthony      26,499
  15. 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.” 

A lot to be proud of tonight from our team.

Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard

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.

That’s super dope, honestly. I’m happy for him. Tim Duncan is a Hall of Fame player… For Carmelo to pass a guy like that, it just kind of shows you what he’s been able to do consistently throughout his career.

Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum

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.