In what Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts called a ‘solid game,’ it was another huge milestone evening for future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony.
Melo needed just 12 points to reach the incredible feat and yet, he turned on the scoring in the second half to help the Blazers secure a 106-97 victory over the Magic and notched 23 on the night.
As Anthony has climbed the scoring list while in a Trail Blazers uniform, he has mentioned that he stays in the moment and will most likely reflect on these milestones later in life when he hangs it up.
But for Anthony’s coach Terry Stotts, he wants to make sure these moments are recognized, as they should be.
“Especially someone of my generation when you pass Oscar Robertson that’s quite remarkable because Oscar was one of the best.”
Even though admittedly, Melo says it’s hard not to just focus on the present, and therefore, he doesn't spend too much time reflecting on such accomplishments, the future Hall of Famer did say Tuesday night that he tries not to let these moments go by.
Or as Damian Lillard noted, Melo is racking up the earned game balls as well.
Melo said he has the team’s equipment attendants take care of the game balls for now and he’ll take them with him at the end of the season.
As Lillard mentioned that Melo is in the moment and not reflecting too much on the current milestones, Anthony agreed with his teammates, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know the significance right now.
To which he added that he has a few people in mind of who will be giving the game balls at the end of the year.
Here's a glance of the NBA all-time scoring list:
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)
2. Karl Malone (36,928)
3. LeBron James (34,792)
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. Carmelo Anthony (26,721+)
13. Oscar Robertson (26,710)
14. Dominique Wilkins (26,668)
It was exactly one week from the day that Melo dropped 21 points against the Washington Wizards and moved to No. 13 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Dominique Wilkins.
As the 18-year veteran continues to climb up the all-time scoring list and earn even more game balls in the locker room postgame, his coach can’t help but feel a certain way about it.
Before finishing with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in the win over the Magic, Melo was averaging 4.7 points through a three-game stretch late last month.
But Anthony, who admittedly said he will have a glass of wine to reflect on passing the Big O Tuesday night, explained that after going through a few bad shooting nights this season, he’s been through that before.
He’s been through a lot.
And that's an understatement.
That’s also where his life motto comes into play:
“I’ve been in this game a very long time, 18 years. I’ve seen the lowest of the low and I’ve seen the highest of the high. For me it’s about, this is about to sound real cliché-ish, but…
Between ‘staying Melo’ and having a shooter's mentality in knowing that so-called slumps happen, Melo continues to solidify his greatness in the game.
And the Blazers continue to rely on him and know that no matter what type of first half he played or if he had consecutive bad shooting nights:
Melo’s still got it.