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Thunder's Carmelo Anthony passes Jerry West on all-time scoring list

OKLAHOMA CITY -- With a left wing 3 in the first quarter Tuesday against the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony moved into the top 20 on the all-time NBA scoring list, passing Jerry West.

"It's an honor, I don't want to sit here and say that it's not an honor," Anthony said. "It's a blessing to be on that list, top 20. I don't even know what else to say about that."

Anthony said he was unaware of passing "The Logo" on the all-time list, saying he was informed at his locker after the game. Anthony scored 23 points in the Thunder's 122-112 loss to the Rockets, giving him 25,210 for his career. Next up on the list: Reggie Miller at 25,279.

"I wish it would've came with a win tonight, but aside from that, I accept it and I think I should be proud of making that list," Anthony said. "To be 20th in history of this game is something that I never, ever thought of, ever dreamt of. To be in this situation right now and still have years to go in this league is definitely a blessing for me."

It has been a year of milestones for Anthony, moving past Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Patrick Ewing, and now West, while also eclipsing the 25,000-point mark.

Anthony, 33, is averaging 16.9 points per game this season -- a career-low mark by almost four points a game.