Melo Passes Moses Malone, Now 9th On NBA Scoring List

Carmelo Anthony said the best part about passing Moses Malone for No. 9 on the all-time scoring list
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LOS ANGELES -- Carmelo Anthony said the best part about passing Moses Malone for No. 9 on the all-time scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers' 121-118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday is the level he's sustained nearly two decades into his NBA career.

"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."

Anthony came into the night needing 15 points to leapfrog Malone's 27,409 career total. He got going early, scoring five points in the first quarter, followed by another five in the second, before really finding a rhythm in the third.

He hit back-to-back 3s in a 48-second span, turning a two-point deficit into a two-point lead after the flurry, with his wing triple with 3:20 remaining in the quarter lifting him past the 13-time All-Star and 2001 Hall of Fame inductee Malone.

"He didn't crawl up to that milestone," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "He blew the doors off of it."

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