The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. The 125-121 victory was a close affair up until the final seconds of the fourth quarter. The star performer of the game was undoubtedly Carmelo Anthony. He came off the bench and scored 26 points and racked up 6 assists during the course of the game.
Speaking about the tense situations that transpired, Anthony said, “I’m just doing what I do best. In those moments I’m required to make shots and make plays.”
Melo did not miss a single free-throw he took, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. However, the most important contribution of his in this game was the cheeky pass to Derrick Jones Jr. in the final minutes. The Blazers were up by three when Melo fired a pass straight to Jones who had an easy dunk under the rim.
Apart from Carmelo, Damian Lillard and Enes Kanter also contributed heavily towards the win. Lillard continued his MVP contending run by scoring 25 points and recording 10 assists while Kanter scored 20 and had 11 rebounds to his name.
Carmelo Anthony describes his thought process in crunch circumstances:
In the post-game press conference, Melo was asked to speak about what goes on through his mind when the team finds itself in difficult situations. He replied, “In those moments, I want to step up. That’s what I’m doing. That’s what I do. I embrace those moments. It’s something that I’ve been very comfortable with my whole career. That same mentality will always be there.”
About the game-winning pass to Derrick Jones Jr. Anthony said, “I knew DJ was in the corner before the ball even swung to me, and I know what he likes to do — he likes to cut back door. I’m just playing off of instincts. If somebody had stepped over, I would’ve made the pass to the corner. It’s just playing off instincts and trying to make the right play.”
In this game, Carmelo Anthony passed yet another remarkable milestone. He surpassed NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon in the all-time points scored list. Melo rose to 11th on the list and is now looking forward to making his way into the top 10.
The Portland Trail Blazers are fifth in the Western Conference standings at the moment. They are well in contention for the playoffs. With veterans like Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard on their roster, The Blazers will look forward to achieving big this season.
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