NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Carmelo Anthony joined the NBA's 20,000-point club in the first quarter of Sunday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden.
The 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 to give New York a 2-0 lead. 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.
Prior to joining the Knicks, Anthony played his first eight seasons with the Denver Nuggets, scoring 13,970 points. Since the Feb. 2, 2011 three-team deal that brought him to New York before the trade deadline, Anthony has tallied over 6,000 points.