ATLANTA (AP) — Former Syracuse University star and Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points Monday night to surpass Elvin Hayes for 10th place on the NBA's career scoring list with 27,318.
Portland lost 123-114 to the host Atlanta Hawks to snap its four-game winning streak.
“This moment is a little bit special,” Anthony said. “I don't want to downplay it. I'm excited about it."
Anthony, who led Syracuse to the national championship in 2003, moved into the Top 10 of the career scoring list early in the second quarter when he hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by Gallinari, knocking down the free throw to complete a four-point play.
He was fully aware of how many points he needed to pass Hayes.
“I knew this moment,” Anthony said. “I didn't know those other moments — 15, 13, 11. But 10 is something I knew. ... If you're in the Top 10 of anything of all time, it's a special moment. ”
It looked like his career might be over after he played just 10 games during the 2018-19 season, but Anthony has found new life in Portland.
In the past two seasons, he's passed nine players on the career scoring list.
He knocked off Alex English, Kevin Garnett, John Havlicek and Paul Pierce last season; he’s taken down Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and now Hayes this season.
Next up for the 36-year-old Anthony: Moses Malone at 27,409 points