Carmelo Anthony moved into 11th put on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by striking a pull-up jumper with 9 minutes, 46 seconds left in the 4th quarter of the Portland Path Sports jackets’ 125-121 win at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
Olajuwon, a two-time NBA champ and 12-time All-Star with the Houston Firecrackers, ended his profession with 26,946 points.
” All of us understand what Hakeem provided for the video game,” Anthony stated throughout an on-court interview. “The mark he left on this video game is well beyond precedent.”
Anthony completed with 26 points for Portland as he took control of the video game down the stretch. He struck an essential standard jumper and a set of 3-pointers, and Anfernee Simons likewise struck 2 threes to offer Portland a 109-103 lead.
With the video game unwinding, Anthony then struck a step-back jumper to put the Blazers up 118-115, and with the Wolves still tracking by 3, the 17-year veteran discovered Derrick Jones Jr. alone under the hoop for a dunk that sunk Minnesota’s return hopes.
” I’m simply pleased to be here,” Anthony stated. “I’m still here is all that matters. I have the ability to continue to play. I’m still here and I’m still climbing up.”
Anthony’s efficiency Saturday put him at 26,955 points for his profession. Next up on the NBA’s scoring list is Elvin Hayes in 10th with 27,313 points.
The Associated Press added to this report.