Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  10 responses

Vince Carter Passes Larry Bird on All-Time Scoring List (VIDEO)

Move over Larry Bird. Vince Carter knocked down 6 threes in a 123-100 Mavericks win over the visiting Hawks, and dropped in 26 points to push himself past Larry Legend on the all-time scoring list. Per the Star-Telegram: “In beating Sacramento for the 18th straight time in the regular season in Dallas, the Mavs seized control late in the third quarter behind sizzling shooting from 36-year-old Vince Carter. After the Kings chopped an 18-point deficit to seven (73-66), Carter appeared to step into a time machine and dazzled the sellout crowd with his shooting. In scoring 17 of the Mavs’ final 21 points of the third quarter, Carter buried five 3-pointers in a span of 3:59, which helped the Mavs tote a 92-77 lead into the final period. Carter scored a game-high 26 points while making a season-high six 3-pointers in nine attempts. ‘Vince has had a tremendous year,’ Rick Carlisle said. ‘He’s such an important guy for us and he’s doing a lot of things in a lot of areas. It’s not just the shot-making and playmaking. He’s doing a lot of things defensively, rebounding, we don’t talk much about because of some of the spectacular things he does at the other end.’ Carter passed Larry Bird to become the 29th all-time leading scorer in NBA history. ‘It speaks to how he’s taken care of himself and longevity,’ Carlisle said of Carter. ‘You don’t pass Larry Bird on the scoring list unless you’ve been at it a long time.’ Carter played just 23 minutes and also became just the 11th player in NBA history to make at least 1,600 career 3-pointers. ‘The rim looked like a lake,’ Carter said, ‘and there were a couple of times — I think the last two shots — I was wide open and I was like, ‘Well, they left me open, so I’m going to shoot it.’ And they ended up going in, so it was just a great feeling.’”

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  • Gregg Shorthand

    Much props to a great player and a great person. Back before the knee injuries dude used to give Kobe the BUSINESS! And he would still win the dunk contest most years

  • Slick Ric

    Congrats to Vince, HOF in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    always great to see classic player still giving the new decade the biz.

  • spit hot fiyah

    this might be his best season in like 4 years

  • theDankerNuggets

    Half man, half amazing! HOF no doubt

  • SayWUT

    VC never gave Kobe the business.

  • Caboose

    2008-2009: Kobe’s 2 games vs the Nets, he scored 12 and 14. Vince had 14 and 20.
    2007-2008: Kobe scores 6. Vince scores 27.
    2005-06: Kobe and Vince score the same amount, but Kobe shoots 37% with 7 turnovers.

    I’m not saying Vince was EVER better than Kobe, but don’t act like Kobe just destroyed Vince every time they played (which surprisingly, wasn’t too often).

  • rd

    ^he did on a few occasions, phil jackson said it himself

  • DaRaptor

    Will likely end up as a top 25 scorer of all time, one of the most clutch players of all time, and the greatest dunker of all time. Most def HOF.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I’d put him in the Hall of Fame just for the 2000 Dunk Contest. If Phil Knight (who never played a game in the NBA) can get in, Vince can get in.