Syracuse Basketball: Carmelo Anthony hits 17th game winner in season 17

Former Syracuse basketball stud Carmelo Anthony proved he still has it in year No. 17. Here are all the details + what more he has left to prove.

A lot of so-called “experts” thought it was over for the former Syracuse basketball star. Although on Tuesday night Carmelo Anthony continued to shut the critics up with his dynamic and clutch play.

With the game knotted up at 99 between the Toronto Raptors and the Portland Trailblazers, Rip City leaned on Carmelo Anthony in the team’s greatest time of need.

Melo received the pass on the wing, dribbled to the charity stripe and pulled up as he’s done countless times during his career and hit the dagger to put his team up 101-99 with a few seconds left on the clock.

That proved to be the 17th go-ahead field goal (in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime) in Carmelo’s 17th season in the big leagues, per ESPN Stats and Information. Additionally, his 17 makes are four more than any other player since 2003-04.

Although Carmelo didn’t return to the NBA for personal glory, he’s had enough of that over the last 17 years and will go down as one of this generation’s greatest scorers and he’s without a doubt a future Hall of Famer. What he came back for is a chance at immortality, an NBA championship.

Right now he’s got a zero percent chance at that.

Portland is 16-22, six games under .500, and is 1.5 games out of the final spot in the NBA’s western conference playoff picture. To have a chance at a ring, Carmelo needs to be on a playoff team.

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The good news is there are still 44 games left on the docket in the 2019-20 season for Portland to write their story. Although it won’t be easy, it’s certainly doable for this talented Trailblazers squad.

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