DENVER -- Vince Carter continues to prove that he was a solid offseason acquisition for the Dallas Mavericks.
In Wednesday's 105-95 win at Denver, Carter scored 17 points, collected eight assists, grabbed five rebounds, had two steals and a blocked shot in a superb all-around effort against the Nuggets.
"Vince Carter was a problem for them,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's a Hall of Fame caliber player.
"He still has something left in his tank to help us win games. He played a central role in this game.''
Carter was 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. He hit back-to-back three-pointers that gave the Mavs an 81-64 lead with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Carter's efforts helped the Mavs break a three-game losin streak and pad their record to 15-11.
"It's definitely rewarding,'' Carter said of the losing streak being snapped. "We were able to get on track, played better basketball, team ball, and the ball was moving.
"We talked about it, but we knew what needed to be done. It was just us putting our will on the game early in the third quarter.''
Indeed, the Mavs overcame their recent third-quarter woes in holding off the Nuggets.
"We just came out and hit them first and we stuck with a few things that worked to get us going, and that helped us all night,'' Carter said. " We had a lot of assists (30).
"We stayed the course, and that's the biggest thing.''
-- Dwain Price
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