Vince's Vindication

Vince Carter took some heat in the press after he had an off-shooting night in Game 1 against the Pacers, but he recovered quite well. In the pivotal Game 5, Carter played one of the biggest games of his career, scoring 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

Carter got it done in the clutch as well, scoring the two most important baskets of the game. Twice, he gave the Nets a five-point lead in the last minute, first on a step-in jumper with 51 seconds to go and then with a drive and dunk with 28 seconds on the clock. That last one sealed the game for the Nets, giving them a 3-2 lead in the first round.

After the game, Carter was asked if he was playing the best basketball of his career. He said that he'd leave it to the media to decide that.

Now, we're leaving it to you to decide how good his Game 5 performance really was.

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Carter became just the fourth starting guard over the last 35 years (since the 1971 postseason) to record 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in a playoff game. The others were George Gervin on May 14, 1982, Michael Jordan (twice) on May 13, 1989 and May 14, 1991, and Kobe Bryant on May 13, 2001.


Performance Score
LeBron's Debut 8.76