Anthony Leads Blazers Past Hornets In Battle Of The Melos

PORTLAND — Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, now in his 18th season out of Syracuse, doesn’t mind that Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball often times goes by the same truncated version of his name, “Melo,” as he does. And it doesn’t bother Anthony that Ball also mimics his “three to the dome” three-point celebration, though his execution if a bit different.

“I embraced it, I’ve vouch for it,” said Anthony. “(Ball) can do it. He only do it one time, but he can do it… I blessed him, let him know he can carry it on.”

While Anthony surely means what he says, it is also much easier to be magnanimous after a win, especially one that breaks an extended losing streak.

The Trail Blazers set a franchise record with 72 points off 24 three-pointers, with six of those coming courtesy of Anthony, on the way to defeating the Charlotte Hornets 123-111 Monday night at the Moda Center.

“I liked the way that Melo stuck with it,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “He got off to a slow start in the first half but he ended up making a lot of plays in the first half. And obviously his shooting in the second half really got us over the hump. I always like it, no matter who it is, but when Melo can get on a roll, it’s fun to watch.”

The Trail Blazers are now 19-14 overall and…

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