Melo passes Hayes, now 10th all time in points

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On an and-1 3-pointer, the Portland Trail BlazersCarmelo Anthony moved into the top 10 all time in NBA scoring Monday night, passing Elvin Hayes.

“Top 10 in anything of all time is a special thing,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to take this moment for granted. I understand how big this moment is. It don’t seem real because I’m still in it, I’m still doing this.”

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With 11:09 left in the second quarter against the Hawks in Atlanta, Anthony isolated on the right wing and pulled up from 3, plus the foul. After his trademark move of hitting the side of his head with three fingers, Anthony raised both arms in the air as a quick acknowledgement of the accomplishment.

“I knew this moment. I didn’t know the other moments,” Anthony said. “I didn’t know the 15 and 13 and 11, but 10 is something I knew. I’ve felt it. I felt it coming into the game. I didn’t want to rush it or force it or anything; I wanted to let the game coming to me and happen naturally. I felt good coming into today, and as you can see, the shot was falling early and I got

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