LeBron James reacts to Carmelo Anthony’s game-winner vs. Raptors
Lakers superstar LeBron James offered his reaction after seeing Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony sink a game-winning shot in Tuesday night’s game against the Raptors.
With just four seconds remaining on the clock, Anthony pulled up from just beyond the free-throw line and buried a shot to give the Blazers 101-99 victory. It was a sequence that was reminiscent of Melo’s younger days, and it marked the 17th go-ahead shot of his career.
GAME WINNER! pic.twitter.com/STOu2UXagz
The Lakers superstar wanted to remind everyone that his long-time friend isn’t “washed” either, despite what some of his critics have said:
Still Melo 💪 pic.twitter.com/EWkCFcxgdN
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2020
Once rumored to be joining the Lakers, Anthony led all scorers in Tuesday night’s game against the Raptors, notching 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field (5-of-8 from beyond the arc), seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who fell to 24-13.
Melo signed with the Blazers back in November after being out of the NBA for nearly a year. Though he struggled in his previous stops, the former Syracuse native seems to have found his groove in Portland.
In his 23 appearances with the Blazers, Anthony has racked up averages of 16.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting from the field (41.1 percent from beyond the arc), 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.9 minutes per outing.
Anthony and the Blazers improved to 16-22 with Tuesday night’s win over the Raptors. Portland will be back in action on Thursday, when they’ll face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Eventually, he’ll have to face his friend and Lakers star LeBron James.