Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony became the 21st player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points in Saturday’s 121-108 win over the Detroit Pistons. He is one of three active players who have reached the mark.
Anthony entered Saturday against the Pistons needing 17 points to reach 25,000. After making two free throws with 8:30 left in the third quarter, he hit and passed the mark to join Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James as current players with at least that many career points. Anthony became the 25th player in the NBA and ABA combined to reach the milestone.
“It’s a very, very special, special moment. To try to downplay it, it’s a special moment,” Anthony said. “To kind of know what it took to get to this point and the amount of work that was put in to get to this point, the teammates that I’ve played with over the years, and for me to still be at a point in my career where I still have a lot more to go.”
Anthony, who was taken with the No. 3 pick in the 2003 draft by Denver, has played for the Nuggets, New York Knicks and Thunder during his career. He has scored 13,970 points for the Nuggets, 10,186 points for the Knicks and 845 for Oklahoma City this season when he hit 25,000.
The 33-year-old reached the milestone against the Pistons, the team that passed on him with the No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft in favor of Darko Milicic after James went No. 1 to Cleveland.
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