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

by February 14, 2013

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.'”