The Stat Line of the Night – 2/8/10 – Vince Carter
Most people feel like the Magic made a huge mistake letting Hedo Turkoglu walk and acquiring Vince Carter in the offseason. For the most part those people have been proven correct this season. Although the Magic are one of the top teams in the East, they have not regained their Eastern Conference Championship form yet this season, due in no small part to the lack of offensive leadership that Hedo provided. February has been a bit different, however. Vince is coming on strong, and last night was his best night of the season.
The Magic hosted a hobbled New Orleans Hornets team last night and won in a shootout thanks to Carter’s 48 points. The Magic were actually trailing by 17 in the 2nd half when Vince Carter really began to give his most inspired performance this year. He scored 34 of his points in the second half. On the night he shot a sizzling hot 19/27 and 6/10 from 3-point range. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 assists for good measure.
Sure, the Hornets were lacking their star Chris Paul, and the Magic were playing at home, but regardless Vince’s outburst earned him “The Stat Line of the Night.” Although maybe the whole team should get Stat Line of the last 11 games, considering they’ve won 9 of those and don’t look to be slowing down.