DALLAS -- A friendly face joined Dirk Nowitzki among the top 25 scorers in NBA history.
Dallas Mavericks teammate Vince Carter passed Adrian Dantley on a 3-pointer with 9:23 remaining in the second quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Carter has 23,181 points in his 16-year career after scoring 10 in Saturday's playoff-clinching win over the Phoenix Suns.
"I’m speechless," Carter said. "To accomplish something like that is just amazing. Some of the people I’ve passed I’ve grown up watching and respected and considered them some of the all-time greats. When you throw those names out there – ‘You just passed such and such’ – it’s like, ‘Me? Really?’ So I’m very thankful. To do it in a big game like this, it was awesome. Just a great moment. Glad we won."
Nowitzki cracked the top 10 all time in Tuesday’s win over the Utah Jazz, passing Oscar Robertson. Kobe Bryant, Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and Ray Allen are the only active players with more points than Carter.
Carter, an eight-time All-Star, is averaging 12.1 points per game as the Mavs’ sixth man this season. He averaged more than 20 points per game in 10 consecutive seasons earlier in his career.