On This Date in NBA History: May 11, Vince Carter Scored 50 Points

Jan 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Vince Carter (25) carries the ball as Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) and guard DeMar DeRozan (10) defend at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Dallas 93-85. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

2001 – In a 102-78 Toronto Raptors postseason victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, Vince Carter scored a playoff career-high 50 points en route to the victory. His four blocks also led all players in that contest. Carter’s 50 points are the third-most he has ever scored in a game in his professional career.

Carter was the x-factor for the 2014 Dallas Mavericks. He made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to help the Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the first round. Vinsanity scored a game-high 28 points in Game 5, but that performance came in a 109-103 loss. Although Carter did not score more than 13 points in any other 2014 playoff game, he still put up the third-most points of any Maverick during this postseason.

The impending free agent is coming off a tremendous year as a 37-year-old. The Toronto Raptors are reportedly interested in bringing Carter back to Canada. He played the first 403 games of his NBA career with the Raptors and was an all-star for every Toronto year with the exception of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season (because the 1999 All-Star game was canceled due to lockout).

Carter shot better 39 percent from 3-point distance in 2013-14, marking the first time in his professional career that he has accomplished that feat in back-to-back seasons (minimum 300 attempts from 3-point). In both 2012-13 and 2013-14, he played 81 games, which is also the first time he has reached that benchmark.

Heading into the future, Carter is a risk because of his age, but he could push a playoff team into a championship contender. Heading back to Toronto would be an intriguing situation because of the bad blood between Raptors fans and their former player. Toronto is still at least one piece away, so Carter would be a great asset off the bench for the 2014-15 Raptors. Let us hope he can rekindle the Canadian magic above the border.

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