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Damian Lillard Scores 44 Points To Overcome Kevin Durant’s 50 Points In A Trailblazer Win

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What a show that Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant put on Wednesday night. Both players scored a combined 94 points amongst themselves. But it was Lillard who was able to walk away with the win.

The Portland Trailblazers won, 123-117 snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Golden State.

Lillard had 44 points and eight assists. Kevin Durant scored 50 points with 6th assists and seven rebounds. It was Durant’s fifth career 50-point game and first this season. Both players had 18 point quarters, Dame scored 18 in the first quarter and KD scored 18 points in the third quarter.

Durant commented on Lillard’s performance.

“Teams get up to play us. They want to beat us, and they give us their best,” Durant said. “Some guys are going to have great nights against us. They did tonight.”

For Dame Dolla, its more about getting Portland to the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference.

“Like I said, it’s a tight race. There’s a lot of teams in the mix and you get to the point of the season where teams are fatigued physically and mentally,” Lillard said. “To be a leader of a team you’ve got to be willing to lead the charge, and not just by saying it, it has to be your actions.”

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Carmelo Anthony Career Is Done With The Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony’s short-lived career with the Houston Rockets is over.

Amid a week of rumors that the Rockets were ready to move on from Anthony, the team is expected to announce a parting of the ways with the embattled former All-Star before hosting the Warriors on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today issued a statement on forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team.

“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

Melo can be claimed off waivers.

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Lebron James Is Now The 5th All-Time Scorer In NBA History

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LeBron James moved into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, climbing past Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.

James needed 39 points to claim the fifth spot from Chamberlain. He passed Wilt with a free throw in the fourth quarter.

“When I’m able to do what I love to do, and do it at this level — and even being mentioned with the greats that have ever played this game — it just always brings me back to my hometown of Akron, [Ohio],” James told ESPN’s Dave Pasch on the telecast after the game. “And knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point — it’s just never being in satisfied mode. I give it all to the man above for giving me God-given abilities. I’m taking full advantage of ’em. And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far, have gotten me to this point.”

“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar),” Dirk Nowitzki previously told ESPN. “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in Year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”

Next up for Lebron is passing Jordan.

Top Four Scoring Leaders

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)

2. Karl Malone (36,928)

3. Kobe Bryant (33,643)

4. Michael Jordan (32,292)

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Tracy McGrady Wants Melo To Retire

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Carmelo Anthony hasn’t looked like himself in the past two years. After a slow start with the Rockets, Melo’s future is now in question.

Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady thinks Melo should just walk away from the game before he ruins his legacy. “You have the Hall of Fame career. Just go ahead and let it go,” said McGrady.

“I don’t want him to go another situation like this, and people are just pouring out negativity on this man’s legacy.”

Carmelo is putting up 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 40.5% from the field but a rough 32.8% from long range — his worst mark since 2006-07 (26.8%).

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