Vintage Vince Carter Comes Through For Dallas Mavericks

By John Raffel
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It was vintage Vince Carter on the basketball court Wednesday night.

Carter came off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks and had a terrific night. He led his team with 26 points in a 123-100 win over the Sacramento Kings.

He had five three-pointers in the third quarter. Even at the age 36, Carter can connect. He’s among the rare breed of NBA players that can still have a great game at that advanced age.

Carter’s performance also put him in an historic position in the NBA record books. He passed Larry Bird (21,791) to get into 29th place in NBA history with a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds left in the period. The eight-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year is in the 15th season of  his career, and is only the 11th player with 1,600 made three-point field goals (1,602). He was 6 of 9 from three-point distance against Sacramento.

Carter was like the Vince of old when he was able to squash a surge by Sacramento with his clutch shooting, and looks like a lock to get to 28th place on the scoring list. He’s taking aim at No 28, Gary Payton, who has 21,813 points.

For NBA fans who like getting nostalgic, and there’s quite a few of those, Carter was like a gem, giving glimpses of his old self. At age 36, even the best NBA players aren’t usually able to rekindle the previous best moments of their career. But there’s always something left in the tank, and Carter showed that his tank is far from being empty.

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