NBA Note - Sacramento Kings Carter, Vince

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM F Vince Carter, who missed the team's previous three games -- two by coach's decision and one as a result of rib pain -- received multiple standing ovations from the Golden 1 Center crowd. He finished 10 of 12 from the field, 4 of 5 from the 3-point arc, sinking big-time shots to answer almost every Cleveland attempt to cut into the lead.

His 24 points were the most he has scored since he had 24 last March as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Carter is the first NBA player over the age of 40 to score 20-plus points off the bench.

"I mean, he made some bombs," Cleveland All-Star LeBron James said of Carter. "He's a Hall of Famer for a reason. Let's not take that for granted. Once he got going, we couldn't slow him down."

Carter had seven points and two key assists in the fourth quarter as Sacramento held off a Cavs team that took its first back-to-back losses since snapping a four-game skid on Nov. 3. James finished with a triple-double of 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. His 16 points matched his lowest output of the season from a late October loss to the New York Knicks.

Carter logged 29:40 of playing time on the night. It was his second-most minutes played this season and only the third time in 21 games that he exceeded 20 minutes. He equaled his season-high point total (nine) by halftime, but he saved his biggest moments for late in the third quarter and much of the fourth.

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