Vince Carter is not "Half Man, Half Amazing" these days but he still can amaze .
Carter became the first 40-year-old reserve to score at least 20 points in a game when he outscored
After not playing for three consecutive games with a rib injury, Carter made 10 of 12 shots to score 24 points — 21 more than his average — in 30 minutes. He added five rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.
Carter, who now has three 20-point games as a 40-year-old, will turn 41 on Jan. 26 but plans to continue playing beyond this season.
Let 'em fly
But amid the league's increasing reliance on three-pointers, teams are unleashing reserve shooters to take three-pointers with the same frequency as the stars. Orlando's Marreese Speights, Phoenix's Troy Daniels, Toronto's
Ellington plays less than half of most games but he is averaging double-digit scoring with career-high three-point shooting at age 30 for Miami, his seventh NBA stop.
The sentiment that Golden State's Kevin Durant could go from never being picked for the All-Defensive Team to winning defensive player of the year is gaining credence.
It is a striking development in Durant's game, going from a four-time scoring champ to a player whose defense has been lifted by the Golden State culture and his will to improve. He can guard every front court position, protect the rim and defend elite wing scorers.
Durant is on pace to pass his blocked shot total from last season (99) by the All-Star break. As a team, Golden State would set an NBA record if it continues to block 8.6 shots per game.
In Nike's first season as the NBA's jersey designer and supplier, the looks have been increasingly more interesting.
The fourth line unveiled Wednesday was the "City Edition," giving teams a look that draws on the culture of their hometown or franchise.
Los Angeles' teams feature some of the best looks with the San Diego-influenced Clippers jerseys and the Lakers uniforms with "Black Mamba" snakeskin print.
For city influences, Philadelphia has a popular jersey with a Declaration of Independence parchment color and "Phila" script. The
For franchise influences, the Celtics have a gray parquet floor-like print. Portland has a plaid pattern resembling a Jack Ramsey coat with "ripcity" on the front. The Kings brought back baby blue with a lion logo.