Carmelo Anthony drops 25 on Bulls, moves to 18th on NBA all-time scoring list

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor

It took only four games for Carmelo Anthony to drop a vintage Carmelo Anthony performance. Well, the good kind at least.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ newest addition posted 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting with 8 rebounds and 2 assists in 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Throughout the game, Anthony showed his scoring prowess on all levels on offense.

The night was punctuated with a turn-back-the-clock kind of dunk that sent the Blazers bench into a frenzy.

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“Vintage,” Blazers guard CJ McCollum said, via the Associated Press. “We pulled out some old, good wine in there. Getting to his spots, hitting threes, he got a dunk and he was talking like he always does on defense.”

Even a United Center crowd watching the Bulls fall flat seemed to enjoy the sight, chanting “We want Melo!” in the fourth quarter.

It was a fun night for Carmelo Anthony. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
It was a fun night for Carmelo Anthony. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Adding the fun of the night was a bit of history.

Thanks to his last few points, Anthony passed Denver Nuggets great Alex English for sole possession of 18th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. His son was able to FaceTime him in the huddle and get a fatherly salute for the occasion.

Obviously, Anthony won’t be able to play a team like the 6-12 Bulls every night in the Western Conference. However, even getting one game like this from Anthony when superstar Damian Lillard (13 points) is having a quiet night has got to be a good sign for the Blazers’ bet on the great.

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