Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony achieved a milestone on Monday night as he moved to No. 10 on the all-time scoring list. Anthony, who had 14 points in a 123-114 loss to the Trail Blazers, moved past NBA great Elgin Hayes on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
"Top 10 in anything of all time is a special thing," Anthony said. "I don't want to take this moment for granted. I understand how big this moment is. It don't seem real because I'm still in it, I'm still doing this."
With just over 11 minutes left in the second quarter, Anthony hit a three and he got fouled and that's when he made it past Hayes on the all-time scoring list. "I knew this moment. I didn't know the other moments," Anthony said.
"I didn't know the 15 and 13 and 11, but 10 is something I knew. I've felt it. I felt it coming into the game. I didn't want to rush it or force it or anything; I wanted to let the game coming to me and happen naturally.
I felt good coming into today, and as you can see, the shot was falling early and I got off to a great start. That made it easier. I could exhale and relax."
Anthony talked with his teammates about the accomplishment
"I told my teammates after the game that it was my perseverance, it was me staying true to myself, never wavering and staying solid," Anthony said.
"That's why I'm able to be in this position today." Elsewhere, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James sat out the game against the Denver Nuggets to rest his sore ankle. "You never know until you get out there because honestly some of the sharp pain that I'm feeling, or the pain that I'm feeling on the floor, I didn't have during my workouts, during my training," he said.
"So the only way to test is to get out on the floor. For one, there ain't no damn practice time. It's not like when you get practice time you get 5-on-5, you get lives, this is not the season for it. We've known that since the beginning.
"The only opportunity for me to get some live was during the game. I don't want to say I came back too early, but at the end of the day I had to test it out and see where I was at."