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Carmelo Anthony reaches his 20,000th career point

Carmelo Anthony reaches his 20,000th career point

Posted by Liliana Castaño on November 03, 2014

Before forcing his way to New York, Carmelo Anthony recalled how he marveled at the numbers that Denver Nuggets teammate Allen Iverson had posted in his career.

On Sunday night, Anthony joined his former teammate, becoming the sixth youngest to join the NBA's 20,000 point club, with a 28-point performance. Anthony also hit the go-ahead basket with 1:23 remaining, leading the New York Knicks to a 96-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

"I never thought I would be here actually talking about me reaching that milestone," Anthony said. "I'm definitely humbled by this experience. I (guess I) got more to go."

Anthony, a seven-time All-Star, who started off the night with 19,997 points, notched his 19,999th point after hitting a basket in the opening seconds of the game. With 7:42 remaining in the opening quarter, point guard Shane Larkin found an open Anthony on the wing for a 3-pointer, becoming the 40th player in league history to score over 20,000 points in their careers.

Al Jefferson had 21 points and Gary Neal added 17 points off the bench for the Hornets (1-2), who lost their second straight.

Charlotte's guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fell awkwardly late in the first quarter and did not return to the game. According to the team's spokesman, Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to a New York City area hospital for a CT scan that revealed a rib contusion.

Amar'e Stoudemire had 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks (2-1), who won their second straight. Iman Shumpert added 15 points.

Stoudemire, who recorded the Knicks' first double-double of the season, might have joined the 20,000-point club if not for a rash of knee operations that have limited him from being on the court over the last three seasons.

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