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Carter Passes Chambers for 36th All-Time in NBA Scoring

Vince Carter celebrated his 34th birthday by moving up the NBA's all-time scoring list.
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By Josh Greene, Suns.com
Posted: Jan. 26, 2011

Hours after he blew out the candles on his birthday cake, Vince Carter blew past Suns Ring of Honor great Tom Chambers on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

The veteran guard’s 22-points in Wednesday’s 114-107 loss to the Bobcats made him the league’s 36th all-time leading scorer. The honor comes one week after he became the eighth active player to reach the 20,000-point plateau.

He finished the night 8-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range and reached double figures in scoring for the second time in five games after tallying 10 or more in his first 10 games as a Sun.

“We lost, so it didn’t really matter,” said Carter about the first-half three-pointer that pushed him past Chambers. “Regardless of how many shots I make or how many I miss, I’m going to keep going, I’ll stay aggressive. I’m happy I was able to get myself out of my slump.”

The All-Star guard tallied his third 20-point effort with the Suns and his 12th double-digit scoring effort in 15 games with Phoenix, but it wasn’t enough as the team saw its season-high-tying three-game home winning streak snapped.

“There were plays that we have to have,” Carter added. “We want to get ourselves back in it every play, especially at the end of the game. Every game right now is crucial for us. We have let some games slide already, and we can’t let any more go. These games hurt.”

The Suns get a chance at redemption Friday in a national telecast against the Boston Celtics – a team they swept in the last year’s two-game season series.

“We have to will ourselves to win,” Carter said. “We need to feel good about ourselves. I think that losses like this and the last two ones are painful and we have to rise above it. Just have to think positive and have a positive attitude. We need to believe, and if we believe then it will happen. I believe it will happen.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VC

As Thursday’s morning shootaround was wrapping up, the Suns presented Vince Carter with a cake to celebrate the guard’s 34th birthday.

“Yup, they got all 21 candles on there,” he laughed. “Some of the guys here are older than me, so they can’t really talk (about being old).”

And as for sharing some of that cake?

“I don’t share red velvet,” Carter joked.

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SILAS TALKS CHAMBERS

It’s been 39-odd years since Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas last donned a Suns jersey, but that doesn’t mean the former forward hasn’t had an indirect hand in the success of his former franchise by way of one of its greatest players.

As a head coach for the San Diego Clippers in 1981-82, Silas was instrumental in “toughening up” then-rookie (and now Suns Ring of Honor member) Tom Chambers, who ended up leading the club in scoring with 17.2 ppg in his freshman NBA season.

“He wasn’t soft,” Silas recalled, “but he was in awe of Bill Walton and the guys we had. They were taking advantage of him. I told him, ‘If you don’t fight back, I’m going to hit you.’ He went out, got elbowed and then got into it, slugging it out. From then on, he got tough and the rest is history. He had a great career, but he had to learn. He was from Utah and not used to being around these guys. I had to make him sure he understood how tough it was going to be. And he did.”

PLAY CONNECT 4 WITH NO. 13

Finally, an opportunity to competitively take on Steve Nash and have a reasonable chance of winning...

ESPN and the NBA are promoting their new Connect 4 application, where users can test their classic gaming skills in a new high-tech setting against the likes of Derrick Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings, Jeff Van Gundy, Stuart Scott and, of course, the Suns’ two-time NBA MVP himself.

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3D PHOTOGRAPHY

Even though he is no longer a member of the Suns, Phoenix ties still run deep with Bobcats forward Boris Diaw.

The 2005-06 NBA’s Most Improved Player opened Studio 3D along with Suns team photographer Barry Gossage, but thanks to a late arrival in Phoenix Tuesday, the studio owner had to wait until the next day to discuss the year-old partnership with his studio photographer.

“We had a lunch board meeting,” Diaw laughed. “The main plan when we opened was for me to be there more for events and public relations, but I do wish I could be around more for those types of things. Barry’s working his butt off, making sure the studio stays busy. We’ve been shooting a lot of videos and commercials, so it’s been great, even though I haven’t been around.”