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Carmelo Anthony: Moving into top 20 on NBA’s all-time scoring list an ‘honor’

Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday night cracked the top 20 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 122-112 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Anthony reached such rarefied air in league history with a three-pointer during the first quarter.

With the basket, Anthony, 33, leapfrogged the iconic Jerry West.

“It’s an honor, I don’t want to sit here and say that it’s not an honor,” Anthony said, via ESPN’s Royce Young. “It’s a blessing to be on that list, top 20. I don’t even know what else to say about that.”

Anthony’s remarkable achievement immediately elicited praise from pal LeBron James, who already sits in seventh place on the all-time scoring list with 30,473 points.

Anthony, who is averaging 16.9 points per game this season, a career low, scored 23 points in Tuesday’s loss, giving the veteran 25,210 career points.

“I wish it would’ve came with a win tonight, but aside from that, I accept it and I think I should be proud of making that list,” Anthony said. “To be 20th in history of this game is something that I never, ever thought of, ever dreamt of. To be in this situation right now and still have years to go in this league is definitely a blessing for me.”

Anthony obviously is among the most prolific scorers in NBA history. While there have been questions throughout his career concerning his ability to lead a team, Anthony rightfully deserves any and all praise headed his way for his ability to put the ball in the hoop.

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