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Carmelo Anthony scores 30-plus points for first time in 3 years to help Portland Trail Blazers beat Detroit Pistons logo 2/24/2020 By Jamie Goldberg,

Carmelo Anthony turned back the clock during 2000s night at the Moda Center on Sunday.

On a night when the Portland Trail Blazers celebrated their 2000s era of basketball and honored former Blazers Damon Stoudamire and Travis Outlaw during a first quarter timeout, fans also were treated to a vintage performance by Anthony, who scored a season-high 32 points to help lead the Blazers to a big 107-104 win over the Detroit Pistons.

“I’ll tell you, we needed every bit of that,” Anthony said. "Every single point, we needed that tonight. Those guys just wasn’t trying to go away. After we got out in the first quarter, we kind of let our foot off the gas and those guys got confidence. They gained some momentum, they stuck with it to the end of the game.”

Anthony scored over 30 points Sunday for the first time since he dropped 37 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 25, 2017, during his heyday with the New York Knicks.

Anthony’s biggest shot of the night Sunday came with just 21.3 seconds left in the game. The 35-year-old received a pass from CJ McCollum before sinking a jumper to give the Blazers an all but insurmountable 105-101 lead over the Pistons.

“I’ll take it,” said Anthony when informed that Sunday’s game marked his first 30-plus point performance in three years.

With Damian Lillard sidelined due to a groin injury, Anthony has stepped up for the Blazers over the last two games. He also scored 20 points in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Anthony shot 68.8 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range against the Pistons.

The Blazers kept their playoff hopes alive with the win, pulling within three games of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies and remaining half a game ahead of the 10th-place New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference standings.

“We don’t have a choice, right? We’ve got to go out there and do what we’ve got to do to help this team win, at least put ourselves in position to try to win a basketball game,” Anthony said. "(Without Lillard,) it’s going to come down to (CJ McCollum and me) putting that pressure on us and saying, ‘This is what we’ve got to do.’ It’s the last quarter of the season. We’re in a dogfight trying to get that spot.”

Here is a look at Anthony’s highlights from Sunday’s game:

-- Jamie Goldberg 5/8 5/8 @jamiebgoldberg

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