DALLAS -- Vince Carter believe the few days away from the game he had during the All-Star break has contributed to the hot streak he's been on lately.
"It always helps an old guy,'' the 37 year old Carter said after Wednesday morning's shootaround. "I just had time to kind of get away from it, recover and just refocused.
"Usually in my mind the second part of the season after the All-Star break is money time. That's when you earn your money and what's most important for players as well as the team, so I've just been locked in.''
In the Mavs' four games since the All-Star break Carter is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. He also is 12-of-26 from 3-point land during that stretch.
"He really was playing well before the break, too,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "But there are some factors that have contributed to him getting on a good run.
"Devin (Harris) continues to get healthier and get in better shape and we can maximize our lineups a little bit better becaise of that. Vince and Brandan (Wright) have played better together. It's some of that and it's some of guys getting in a good rhythm and trying to keep it going as long as they can.''
Carter scored a season-high 23 points in Monday's 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks. That includes knocking down a season-high seven 3-pointers in 12 attempts.
The All-Star break allowed Carter a chance to re-fresh his body and his mind.
"I had a chance to kind of get away from it and just relax,'' Carter said. "It just wasn't about basketball.
"Once it was time to come back I said, "Alright, let's go back to work.' ''
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