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Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony picks Pelicans’ pockets and drains buzzer-beating 3-pointer

Carmelo Anthony

The Portland Trail Blazers are certainly getting their money’s worth with Carmelo Anthony. The 35-year-old ,10-time All-Star turned good defense into even better offense in an amazing sequence to end the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

With just 2.2 ticks left in the first quarter, Melo successfully stripped the ball away from JJ Redick. Squared up just outside the three-point line, Anthony quickly launched a buzzer-beating trey at the horn, tying the game at 31 apiece.

Melo even displayed his signature three-point celebration as the Moda Center got up on its feet in jubilation.

But the celebration would be short-lived, as the Blazers lost a tough one at home, 102-94, to drop to 14-17 (8th in the West).

Anthony is averaging 16.0 points, 6.2 boards per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three in his first year in Oregon. He finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in a losing effort.

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