3-pointer: Vince Carter does it on both ends

November, 4, 2012
DALLAS -- Vince Carter's presence was felt all over the court Saturday night, coming off the bench to spark the team defensively and offensively.

He scored 18 points, including 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. He had a big block, swatting away a shot attempt from Kemba Walker near the end of the first half. Carter also had the most memorable dunk of the evening, sprinting around Ben Gordon and over Bismack Biyombo with about 3:30 left in the first quarter.

"Vince is locked and loaded when he comes off the bench," coach Rick Carlisle said. "The guys know where to find him. His shot-making was there tonight. He made some good plays on the boards. He's going to be one of our main play-making guys when it counts. He can be a very important guy for us."

A few more notes from a 126-99 blowout win over Charlotte:

1. Good game for Dominique: Lost in the play of O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Vince Carter and the return of Chris Kaman was Dominique Jones. The guard played 16 minutes and had six points and six assists.

"I started out sluggish in the first half and I was just trying to get into it, get a rhythm," Jones said. "I came in here at halftime and regrouped. Coach gave me some words of encouragement and went out there and did the things that I do best and it all worked out."

2. Don't Crowd(er) me out: Jae Crowder added 10 points off the bench and didn't look the least bit uncomfortable on the court.

"He played in a big-time conference, he played in a lot of big games and was Big East player of the year (at Marquette)," Carlisle said. "So he's not the type of guy to get rattled. He's going to keep doing what he does. We like guys that have that systematic approach. He's been effective. He always adjusts when there's a mistake and you point it out to him and he has a great attitude about it."

3. Win No. 200: Saturday's win was the 200th for Carlisle since joining the Mavericks. That puts him in third place on the all-time list behind Don Nelson (339) and Dick Motta (329). Did Carlisle have any comment on the milestone?

"No, I don't," Carlisle said. "It's great. I had no idea about it. But in this business, if you sit around trying to count wins that's when things don't go well. So right now, we've got to enjoy this for a few hours and get ready for Portland."



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