DALLAS — Move over, Larry Legend. Vinsanity still has a few special moments in him.
Vince Carter scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks headed into the All-Star break with a 123-100 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Carter earned his nickname with circus dunks but can’t quite rattle the rim like he used to. He’s more dangerous these days from one of the places where Bird did plenty of damage: the 3-point line.
The 14-year veteran turned aside a Sacramento rally in the third quarter by going 5-of-7 from long range and scoring 17 of Dallas’ last 21 points in the period. He ended the night with 21,796 career points for 29th on the all-time list, five ahead of Bird.
Tyreke Evans scored 23 for the Kings, who lost their 18th straight regular season game in Dallas dating back almost 10 years.
Carter was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, and the Mavericks made six straight from long range spanning the third and fourth quarters. Dallas finished 13-of-34 from 3-point range.
The Kings, playing their fourth game in five nights before the All-Star break, didn’t get closer than 17 in the fourth quarter. DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson had 17 apiece, and James Johnson had 16 off the bench.
Cousins, who had a game-high 13 rebounds, stayed out of trouble for Sacramento after his previous two meetings with Dallas were marred by incidents. He was suspended for a game in December for hitting O.J. Mayo in the groin area during a game in Dallas, and was ejected for a flagrant foul after elbowing Carter last month in Sacramento. The foul helped the Mavericks clinch the overtime win.
Cousins, who insisted the contact was incidental both times, exchanged handshakes and hugs with Mayo and Carter after the game.