NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony hit a three-point shot early in the first quarter of Sunday night’s win over the Hornets that pushed him pass the 20,000 mark in terms of career points scored. It’s a milestone shared by just seven other active players, and one achieved by only 40 in the history of the game.
But while Anthony seemed genuinely moved by his place in history once the game was finished, he was far more excited by a game-clinching rebound he grabbed to seal the 96-93 victory, his team’s second in three tries on this very young season.
“It was just one of those moments,” Anthony said. “I looked at the stats, I had like two rebounds. That rebound sealed the game, and coach was on the bench telling us to rebound, and control it. So when I got that rebound I wanted to make sure it was mine, and we won the game.”
Anthony’s rebound came in traffic with just a second remaining, off of a Kemba Walker miss that would have tied it. New York squandered all of a 15-point first half lead, and the fourth quarter was back-and-forth most of the way.
As for his continued march up the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Anthony appeared to be touched by all that he’s accomplished.
“It’s a humbling experience for me,” Anthony said. “I never thought that I would be sitting here talking about me scoring 20,000 points. I used to look, when I played with A. I. [Allen Iverson] back in Denver, I used to just look at him and see his stats and say, man, you’ve got like 20-something-thousand points, man. But I never thought I would be here talking about me actually reaching that milestone, so I’m definitely humbled by this experience.”
Those scoring numbers are almost always worthy of Hall of Fame induction, but Anthony wasn’t willing to go there just yet.
“It’s kind of hard to think about it like that,” he said. “When I’m done with this game and that time comes, we’ll see what happens. But it’s kind of hard there to put my mind there right now.”