The Los Angeles Lakers needed an unlikely hero to get past the Charlotte Hornets in overtime last night.
But, for Carmelo Anthony, Monday's heroics have been just more of the same for him this season.
Anthony, 37, poured in 29 points off the bench to help boost the Lakers to a 126-123 win over the Hornets in overtime Monday. He went 9-for-13 from the floor, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, to continue his impressive performance this season.
Anthony's resurgence has been somewhat surprising considering just three years ago he couldn't seem to stick in the NBA. During the 2018-19 season, the future Hall of Famer played in just 10 games and wasn't even with a team after February.
Seeing Anthony, who has scored the ninth-most points in league history, struggle to find his footing was surprising for many, including his now Lakers teammate Anthony Davis. The All-Star big man expanded at length on what Anthony has brought to Los Angeles this season after his major contribution on Monday.
"It's definitely surprising," Davis responded when asked if it was "unbelievable" that Anthony was out of the league recently. "What he's able to bring to a team and what we've seen over the last three years... He's a great scorer, great mentor for guys. He's savvy, he's a vet, he knows the game. He brings so much to a team. For us, he brings all of those things I just mentioned and has helped us win a lot of games this year with his performance alone.
"So it's definitely surprising and shocking that nobody wanted him a couple of years ago but we will be more than happy to have him."
In 11 games off the bench this season for Los Angeles, Anthony has averaged 17.6 points per contest while being remarkably efficient. He's shot a nearly unbelievable 52.0 percent from three-point range on 6.8 attempts per game and has been a spark for the Lakers second-unit. It seemed unclear what the Lakers would be getting in Anthony, a 37-year-old who hasn't produced at nearly the same level for the last four seasons, when they signed him this offseason. If his early production is any indication of what's to come, Los Angels may have already found another key contributor for a title run. [
AD on Carmelo: "It's shocking that nobody wanted him a couple of years ago but we will be more than happy to have him. "
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