40-Year Old Vince Carter Makes History With Perfect Game
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A lot of the people attending and watching the Grizzlies and Bucks game on Monday were doing so to check out the 22-year old Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo. The young All-Star Buck was OK with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting but the show and night belonged to a 40-year-old freak by the name of Vincent Lamar Carter. The old veteran, who was throwing down windmill dunks and lighting up Ray Allen for 40+ points 17 years ago, scored a season-high 24 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting in just 22 minutes. Six of those eight were from downtown, making him the first 40-year old NBA player with six threes in a game.
The season-high performance also made him just the sixth 40-year-old in NBA history to score over 20 — Kareem, Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Karl Malone and Robert Parish were the other five.
“He never ceases to amaze me,” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said.
The perfect night also included a reverse dunk just so every unoriginal media person could write Vince was “turning back the hands of time” as if they haven’t already said it multiple times this season, for the past few seasons and probably a few more times this season and next.
There was one fan in the stands who was there just for Vince and not only did he get to see his idol have a perfect game, the fan from France (home of Fred Weiss!) left with Carter’s headband.