Elvin Hayes Rumors
On an and-1 3-pointer, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo 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.”
After beginning the 2020-21 season ranked 15th on the all-time scoring list, Carmelo Anthony enters Monday’s game needing 10 points to pass Elvin Hayes and enter the top 10 scorers in the 75-year history of the NBA. In his 18th season, Anthony is currently averaging 13.6 points per game for the Portland Trail Blazers, who face the Hawks in Atlanta on Monday (8 ET, NBA League Pass), giving Carmelo an opportunity to put himself in the top 10 scorers club with just one more double-digit scoring night in a career full of them.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Anthony said. “I’m still here is all that matters. I’m able to continue to play. I’m still here and I’m still climbing.” Anthony’s performance Saturday put him at 26,955 points for his career. Next up on the NBA’s scoring list is Elvin Hayes in 10th with 27,313 points.
Murray and Mitchell took the record away from Jerry West and John Havlicek, who, in fairness, had their own unbelievable shootout with slightly higher stakes at hand, in the 1969 Finals. The two Hall-of-Fame ball-handlers combined for 463 points in that series, 12 fewer than what Murray and Mitchell just put up. The other highest-scoring playoff series duos all likewise took place in the 1960s and ’70s – Bob McAdoo and Elvin Hayes in the 1975 conference semifinals (461 points), Elgin Baylor and Bob Pettit in the 1961 division finals (461 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rick Barry in the 1977 conference finals (450 points).
Joseph Duarte: . @ElvinHayes44 on the passing of his former teammate Wes Unseld: “If you had to go to war and wanted one guy to go with you, it would be Wes Unseld. You wanted him in the middle. He really brought it every night, all the time.”
Justin Kubatko: Zion Williamson recorded the 15th 20-point game of his young career last night. Fewest games needed to reach that mark: 15 – Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-60; 16 – Elvin Hayes, 1968-69; 17 – George Mikan*, 1948-49; 17 – Williamson, 2019-20. * Played in the NBL the previous season. pic.twitter.com/Yija01Zu3N