Vince Carter's offensive barrage continued on Sunday, as he came off the bench for 21 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and five assists in under 30 minutes of action.
The Scoop:The baller formerly known as Vinsanity made 9-of-16 field goals while topping 15 points for the fifth consecutive game. He's on fire from downtown (he's now eighth on the NBA's all-time list for 3-pointers made) and is also chipping in solid rebounds and assists, with the occasional steal and block. He needs to be in all lineups unless he cools off.
With the Bulls nursing an eight-point lead inside 2 minutes to play Friday night against the Mavericks, Jimmy Butler made his biggest (and most impressive) play of the night. Jose Calderon found himself on the left wing with Joakim Noah defending. Calderon drove left, beating Noah, while Vince Carter sealed off Kirk Hinrich. Yet as Calderon went up for the layup, he was unexpectedly met by Butler, who seemingly came out of nowhere to block Calderon's shot off the backboard.
DALLAS -- Momentum and matchup were both in the Dallas Mavericks' favor going into Wednesday night's return home. Riding high off a three-game road sweep, the Mavericks beat New Orleans 108-89 at American Airlines Center for their seventh consecutive win over the Pelicans. Dallas guard Monta Ellis scored 23, forward Dirk Nowitzki added 18 and swingman Vince Carter added 17 points off the bench. The Mavericks (36-23) shot 51.9 percent, outscored New Orleans 58-40 in second and third quarters to take control of the game, and moved into sixth place in the Western Conference.