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Carmelo Anthony is now ninth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with a performance against Memphis that took some of the attention away from the Grizzlies’ own Ja Morant. Anthony’s Los Angeles Lakers got their first win, while Golden State got its third.

Making Headlines

Melo scored 28 points against Memphis, 13 more than he needed to surpass Moses Malone on the all-time scorers’ list. The 19-year veteran needs 1,174 more to take Shaquille O’Neal spot at No. 8. He could make that mark this season if he continues to average the 17.7 points he’s rung up in his three appearances with the Lakers this season.

“I’m still here doing it,” Anthony said after the match, per ESPN. “And what a better night to reach ninth than with a win, the way that we needed a win tonight.”

Anthony helped the Lakers to its first win of the season, beating Memphis by a mere three points. His performance took the limelight away from a 40-point outing by Morant, who missed a free throw to tie the game with 2.5 seconds left.

Meanwhile, Golden State’s Stephen Curry hit his own milestone by becoming the first player in Warriors franchise history to reach 5,000 assists. The Dubs beat Sacramento by eight points and are now 3-0 this season.

Last Night

The first week of the NBA season has now ended. Four teams are still winless: Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers.

Game result (home team in bold)Top performers
Hornets 111 def Nets 95Miles Bridges (CHA) 32 pts, 9 reb
Kevin Durant (BKN) 38 pts, 5 reb
Magic 110 def Knicks 104Cole Anthony (ORL) 29 pts, 16 reb
Julius Randle (NY) 30 pts, 16 reb
Celtics 107 def Rockets 97Jayson Tatum (BOS) 31 pts, 9 reb
Jalen Green (HOU) 30 pts, 3 ast
Philadelphia 115 def Thunder 103Joel Embiid (PHI) 22 pts, 9 reb
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC) 29 pts, 8 ast
Warriors 119 def Kings 107Stephen Curry (GS) 27 pts, 10 ast
Richaun Holmes (SAC) 16 pts, 11 reb
Lakers 121 def Grizzlies 118Ja Morant (MEM) 40 pts, 10 ast
Carmelo Anthony (LAL) 28 pts, 3 reb

What’s On Tonight

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Game (home team in bold)Time (US EST)
Celtics at Hornets7 pm
Bucks at Pacers7 pm
Pistons at Hawks7:30 pm
Wizards at Nets7:30 pm
Magic at Heat7:30 pm
Bulls at Raptors7:30 pm
Pelicans at Timberwolves8 pm
Cavaliers at Nuggets9 pm
Trailblazers at Clippers10:30 pm

#What’sTrending

Melo’s milestone and Ja’s scoring predictably won them lots of love on Twitter – and from the Daily Swish. We give them some recognition below. For now, we focus on the other trending topic: The NBA’s top 75 list (or top 76, rather) which was always destined to provoke debate. And let’s add a whiff of vaccine controversy:

Otto Porter finds himself in the conversation too.

The King showed out for his boy Drake on Twitter – and got rewarded with more than 100,000 likes.

Best of r/NBA

In Reddit land, the day’s most upvoted post focused on the protesters who had gathered outside the Brooklyn Nets home venue in support of Kyrie Irving.

There was also some disgruntlement with a commentator’s dismissive comments over what could have been a rather painful outcome for Thunder rookie Josh Giddey (0:45 in the video).

Performance of the Night

Melo still getting it done in Season 19. ‘Nuff said.

Play of the Day

Ja Morant… Ja Morant… Ja Morant. Magic Johnson was pretty effusive in his own assessment on his Twitter account: “Without a doubt, he is one of the best point guards in the NBA!!”

Darren is the editorial director of The AllStar and a retired championship-winning point guard who dropped dimes and broke ankles in recreational leagues across the Asia Pacific. A former APAC markets and banking editor with Bloomberg News, Darren has written about the NBA and UFC. Personal sporting highlight: Being courtside under the backboard (and a little to the left) when Vince Carter did THAT DUNK on Frederic Weis at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.