DALLAS -- Forward Vince Carter blew out the candles on his birthday cake Sunday night by helping the Dallas Mavericks roll to a 116-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Center.
Carter, who turned 37 years old Sunday, scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out three assists and was 4-of-8 from the field in 23 minutes. He said this was one of his best performances on his birthday, although his memory is admittedly kind of shakey.
"I've played so many of them -- some good, some bad,'' Carter said. "I'm just excited that I can play another year on my birthday.''
Carter also was excited that one of the records he set when he played for the Toronto Raptors remains intact. Toronto's Terrence Ross scored 51 points during Saturday's 126-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, tying the Raptors' team record set by Carter 14 years ago.
"It's a long time ago when it happened, but I understand it was a great night for him, I salute him,'' Carter said of Ross. "I'm kind of glad he tied it and didn't beat it.
"I'd rather him beat it when I'm not playing. Wait until I retire.''
-- Dwain Price
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