Carmelo Anthony just keeps rewriting his name in the NBA record books.
On Tuesday in the Portland Trail Blazers' 106-97 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Moda Center, the 18-year NBA veteran passed Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson for 12th in career scoring when he hit a fadeaway jumper in the fourth quarter.
Melo was fouled on the play and proceeded to make a free throw to give the Blazers an 87-76 lead with 11:02 remaining in the game. He finished with 23 points and three rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
“I try to play it cool sometimes,” Melo said when finding out he passed Robertson in his walk-off interview with Trail Blazers reporter Brooke Olzendam. “I try to sit back and reflect on these moments, take these moments in, I’m enjoying it. …but The Big O, that’s big."
The incredible milestone came one game after Anthony dropped 21 points against the Washington Wizards to move to No. 13 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list passing Dominique Wilkins.
Melo (26,722) now trails Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 points) by 224 points, good for 11th place. The Trail Blazers forward could feasibly crack the top 10 this season by scoring 591 points to pass Elvin Hayes’ 10th place record of 27,313 points.
At Anthony’s current scoring pace of 12.5 ppg, he could accomplish the feat in 48 games. Portland has 59 regular-season games remaining with its next on Thursday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m.