SAN ANTONIO -- He didn't produce a game-winning 3-point basket like he did last Saturday which won Game 3 of this first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, 109-108.
Vince Carter, however, did produce some more eye-popping baskets Wednesday night in Game 5 of this best-of-seven series, which the Spurs won 109-103, to take a 3-2 lead.
Carter tallied a game- and season-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shots. He also poured in some amazing buckets form downtown as the 15-year veteran converted 7-of-9 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.
"I was just trying to be aggressive, just leaving it out there and trying to do whatever we can to get a victory,'' Carter said. "We wanted to try to pull it off here so that we could close it out at home, but it didn't work out that way.
"The mentality was just to be aggressive and make plays. A couple of shots started to fall for me, so I was trying to help out with the scoring load and take some pressure off of Dirk (Nowitzki).''
The seven 3-pointers Carter made marked the seocnd time this season he's converted that many three's from downtown. In a Feb. 24 game at New York, Carter hit seven of his 12 attempts from 3-point range.
’He played extremely well,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He was very aggressive.
"We just need him to continue to attack. He’ll be a first ballot Hall of Famer, there's
no doubt about that.''
-- Dwain Price
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