Monday , August 15 2022

Vince Carter, of the Atlanta Hawks, reaches 25,000 career points


ATLANTA – Hawks wingman Vince Carter became the 22nd NBA player to score 25,000 points in Atlanta's loss of 124-108 at Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Carter, an eight-time All-Star who plays in season 21 and a 423rd NBA career, managed to find a bucket in the last second of the game. Against the team for which he played the first six NBA seasons, Carter struck home from the start of Kevin Huerter on an offensive rebound. As the crowd at the State Farm Arena roared, an emotional Carter grabbed the ball as he passed the edge and closed his eyes.

Atlanta's Vince Carter hangs up after he scored his 25,000-point NBA in a playful game against Toronto Wednesday night. Dale Zanine-US TODAY Sport

After an illustrious career as a flight marker, which has produced some of the most iconic ones in the history of the league, Carter reinvented himself in the final stage of his career as a veteran mentor and stabilizing force in locker rooms.

After the end of the ring, Carter was presented with the game ball, then went to the center yard and signaled to the crowd in Atlanta.

Hawks presented an honorary film on the screen overhead where Carter received congratulations from the NBA notables, including the legend of the Hawks Dominique Wilkins, a member of the 25,000-point club.

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