After a series of between-the-legs size-up dribbles, former Syracuse basketball star Carmelo Anthony drained a 3-pointer over Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura to move him into 13th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
The milestone basket allowed Anthony to eclipse Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins — also known as the Human Highlight Film — in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 132-121 win over the Wizards on Tuesday.
Anthony finished the game with 21 points, sitting at 26,671 for his career through 17 seasons. He’s 39 points behind Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson, who sits at 12th place.
Robertson and Anthony, who averages 12.1 points per game this season, could trade places as soon as next Tuesday when the Blazers host the Orlando Magic, or on Feb 11 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Anthony, 36, continues to ascend on the list of the NBA’s top scorers. He passed Tim Duncan for No. 14 on Jan. 1. Anthony surpassed former Boston Celtics greats Paul Pierce and John Havlicek last season.
He adds to a Hall of Fame resume that includes three Olympic Gold medals, one NBA scoring title, 10 All-Star appearances and six All-NBA selections.
Anthony is one of four former Syracuse Orangemen that are actively playing in the NBA, including Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant, Utah Jazz guard Elijah Hughes and Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams.