The back-and-forth, love-hate relationship between Dallas Mavericks fans and Vince Carter may have found a permanent residence in the humble abode of love. There are just certain moments as a fan of an NBA team that you can never forget; certain moments that immortalize an athlete’s spirit in your heart.
Today was one of those moments for Mavericks fans and Carter.
It was truly a magical moment, as all the hands of the blued out crowd at the American Airlines Center simultaneously rose in jubilation after Carter’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Mavericks over the San Antonio Spurs, 109-108. Carter, who had not hit a three-point shot up until that climactic moment, really got a moment that he deserved as a reward for such an illustrious career.
Too many times Carter has been the victim of the most bizarre bad luck you can imagine at the end of games. Too many times, he and his Dallas teammates walked off the court after a stellar performance, only to have their hearts broken at the end of it. Too many times, it seemed like the Vince Carter Mavericks were a team that just wasn’t meant to be.
All that changed after today’s victory over the seemingly unbeatable Spurs. The Mavericks, who are now up 2-1, have taken control of this series. The script, so to speak, has drastically changed for the Mavericks. After this magical win over their bitter rivals, the Mavericks are starting to look like a team of destiny, and you better believe Carter is a big part of that.