Once upon a time (basically eight years ago) Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose were among the most feared scorers in the NBA.
That has since changed, but both players showed Tuesday that they can still pull out a dagger when it counts.
Oh boy, it’s 2011 again
At nearly the exact same time, Anthony and Rose delivered game-winning shots for the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons.
Anthony nailed a pull-up jumper from right behind the free throw line to break a tie with the Toronto Raptors and win the game 101-99, capping a night in which he poured in a team-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting. That continued an encouraging start with the Blazers for the veteran, now averaging 16.5 points per game on 50.9 percent true shooting.
As for Rose, it was his jumper off the elbow that gave the Pistons a 114-113 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Like Anthony, he led his team in scoring with 24 points off the bench, along with seven assists.
And just for fun, here’s Chris Paul scoring the last of his 16 fourth-quarter points to send the Oklahoma City Thunder to overtime, where they won against the Brooklyn Nets.
It was quite a night for the NBA’s old guard.
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