For the first time since he was a Knick, Carmelo Anthony surpassed the 30-point plateau.
With the Blazers since Nov. 19, Anthony dropped a game-high 32 points to fuel Sunday's 107-104 win over the Detroit Pistons at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
Anthony's scoring outburst came on 11-of-16 shooting, a highly efficient 68.8 percent, going 5 for 9 from three-point range (55.6 percent). Of the 11 buckets, none was bigger than Anthony's dagger with 21.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, pulling up and drilling an 18-foot jumper from the right side.
Anthony last scored 30 points or more March 31, 2016, in the Knicks' 91-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks -- dropping 31 on 11-of-22 shooting. His 32 against the Pistons (19-40) were the most since Feb. 9, 2016, when he scored 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting in the Knicks' 111-108 loss to the Washington Wizards.
Anthony's single-game season high in 2015-16 -- his last year with the Knicks -- was 37 points on two separate occassions. He dropped that number Oct. 31, 2015, on 11-of-18 shooting against the Wizards and hit that mark again Dec. 12, 2015, against the Blazers on 13-of-21 shooting.
Anthony starred with the Knicks from 2011-16, bouncing around to the Oklahoma City Thunder (2016-17) and Houston Rockets (2017-18) before he found a home in Portland. His previous single-game season high with the Blazers came in Jan. 7's 101-99 win over the Toronto Raptors, dropping a game-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting.