Los Angeles Lakers swingman Carmelo Anthony delivered a big performance on Sunday night to pass in style Moses Malone on the ninth place on the NBA all-time scoring list. Anthony scored 28 points in a 121-118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and now he has 27,423 career points.
"I'm still here doing it," Anthony said after scoring 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second half to seal the victory. "I think that's what I'm honestly excited about. I'm here in Year 19 still doing what I'm able to do.
Still passionate about the game. Still passionate about coming to work every day and getting better. And what a better night to reach ninth than with a win, the way that we needed a win tonight." In less than a minute in the third quarter, Anthony hit back-to-back threes to pass Malone, "He didn't crawl up to that milestone," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
"He blew the doors off of it."
LeBron James was happy for Teammate and close friend Anthony
"Usually when some of my friends have these kind of achievements, I text them or call them or FaceTime or put something on social media," James said afterward.
"In this case I got to do it in person, because he's my teammate now, so it made it special for me." A few years ago, Anthony was out of the league as teams believed he was washed and couldn't contribute anymore.
"A couple of years ago, nobody wanted him," Anthony Davis said. "He was counted out. Doubted. And he stayed the course. Stayed a professional and got a shot in Portland. Made a name for himself again. And he's here now and doing the same thing, picking up where he left off.
It's an honor to have him on our team, an honor to play beside him." Anthony has been one of the NBA's most prolific scorers over the last two decades. "Scoring the basketball is not easy. We may make it look easy, but it's not easy," Anthony said.
"For me, this is 19 years of repetition. And night in and night out. Day in and day out. Every summer. Every season. I'm reaping those benefits right now because of the persistence that I have in my professionalism. What I bring to the game, how I approach the game. And I want to keep going. That's all that matters to me."