MINNEAPOLIS --As the official leader of the Dallas Mavericks' reserves, forward Vince Carter knows its his job to make sure his team's backup players outscores the opposing team's backup players.
That was certianly the case Saturday in Chicago when the Mavs' reserves produced 40 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks, while the Bulls' backups walked away with 28 points, 10 boatrds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. It all helped add up to a 105-83 victory for the Mavs.
"I take pride in being the first guy off the bench for the bench crew to really sustain the level or pick it up if it’s needed,'' Carter said after Sunday's practice at the Target Center. "As each guy comes in that’s one of the things we each say to them: 'You've got to bring the energy, bring the energy and remain consistent.’
"So I think we’ve done a better job of that.''
Carter was defnitely on his game against the Bulls as he scored 18 points, was 6-of-9 from the field, and also had four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. He also noted that the Mavs got a big lift from backup center Brandan Wright, who returned Saturday after missing Thursday's game against San Antonio with a stomach illness to score six points and grab two rebounds in 16 minutes against the Bulls.
"I think everybody really just stepped it up,'' Carter said. "B-Wright really helps the situation because of his ability to score and just make easy baskets in the paint.
"I think now everybody is really focusing on just doing our job and continuing to bring the energy when we come into the game.''
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