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Vince Carter lets it fly, passes Larry Bird

DALLAS – Vince Carter punctuated his historic hot streak with a bewildered smile and shoulder shrug, a la Michael Jordan in the 1992 NBA Finals.

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Vince CarterAP Photo/Tony GutierrezVince Carter scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird in career scoring during the Mavs’ dominating victory Wednesday against the Kings. Carter’s 21,796 points puts him at No. 29 on the all-time list.
“I don’t recall doing it,” Carter said.

Well, the dude was unconscious at the time.

The shrug came moments after Carter swished a deep 3-pointer on the Mavs’ final possession of the third quarter, a shot that bumped Hall of Famer Larry Bird down a spot to 30th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. It capped a spectacular scoring spree for Carter, who had 17 of his 26 points in the frame to make sure the Mavs entered the All-Star break with a blowout win over the sorry Sacramento Kings.

“I was wishing the quarter wouldn’t end,” Carter said.

The Mavs’ sixth man sat out the first five-plus minutes of the quarter. His first bucket after halftime came on a tip-in at the 5:28 mark. Then the 36-year-old best known for his aerial highlights got in a ridiculous groove from 3-point range.

Carter was 5-of-7 from long range in the quarter, a hot streak that killed a Kings run that trimmed the Mavs’ lead to seven. He hit another one the next possession. And then he really got rolling in the final 68 seconds.

The Mavs closed the quarter with a 9-0 run — all on Carter 3s.

“You feelin’ it like that, let it fly,” Shawn Marion said.

“It was fun. He got hot there and we needed it,” Dirk Nowitzki said.

“A groove like that as far as shooting? It’s been a while,” said Carter, who was 9-of-15 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range for the game, which he finished with 21,796 career points.

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It’s not as if Carter’s big night came out of nowhere. He has provided consistent scoring punch off the pine this season, averaging 13.0 points, and has had five 20-plus-point performance since New Year’s Day.

Coach Rick Carlisle raves about all the things Carter does for the Mavs other than score. He’s an underrated defender who leads the team in charges drawn, an unselfish, effective passer and a locker-room leader who embraces coming off the bench despite being an eight-time All-Star.

But Carter will go down in history as one of the best scorers in the history of the game. And he’s far from a has-been just hanging on in the NBA. He’s one of the league’s most explosive sixth men, still capable of taking over for stretches.

“He’s been a great player in this league and he still has the ability to have stretches where he can be that kind of great player in terms of his high impact with streaks of shot-making, some of the playmaking things that he’s able to do,” Carlisle said. “It’d be hard to tell you how important he is to our team. It’s so important.

“He’s still a special player.”

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Buzz: With trade rumors swirling, be careful believing Mark Cuban

DALLAS – Mark Cuban makes one guarantee about any potential moves the Mavericks make before the trade deadline.

“If you read about it,” Cuban said, “it ain’t happening.”

Of course, that comes from the man who once advised a reporter to “put the crack pipe down” in response to an inquiry about a package the Mavs might send to New Jersey for Jason Kidd. That blockbuster deal went down days later and looked a lot like the reporter’s proposal.

There was also a lot of pre-trade buzz the last time the Mavs pulled off an All-Star weekend blockbuster, shipping Josh Howard and spare parts to Washington for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson.

One good rule to follow around this time of year is to take anything said on the record by an NBA decision-maker with a few big grains of salt.

“That’s probably true,” Cuban said. “You’re a very handsome man.”

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Sources: Mavs interested in Bucks PG Brandon Jennings

Could Brandon Jennings fulfill his potential in Dallas? The Mavericks are apparently intrigued by the possibility.

Sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Mavs have a “level of interest” in Jennings if the Milwaukee Bucks make the restricted free agent-to-be point guard available before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

Jennings, 23, is averaging 18.5 points and 6.1 assists in his fourth NBA season. He arguably fits Mark Cuban’s description given for potential trade targets: a young talent who would immediately be a top-three player on the Mavs’ roster with the potential to develop into an All-Star.

“I’ll analogize it to Steve Nash,” Cuban said Monday, speaking in generalities about the type of player the Mavs would target. “Whatever we saw in Nash and [Michael] Finley with Donnie [Nelson] back then, same type of thing. There’s been lots of players we picked up over time that weren’t All-Stars that turned into cornerstones. We’d take those.

“They don’t have to be proven. They’d have to be someone we think it’s just a question of time or system or coaching or whatever.”

Darren Collison has put up decent numbers for Dallas this season, averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, but it’s been evident that the Mavs don’t see him as their point guard of the future. After all, they demoted him to start Derek Fisher during the 37-year-old’s nine-game stint with the Mavs and had 37-year-old Mike James close a few games when he was fresh out of the D-League.

Jennings, however, comes with a couple of red flags. Like Collison, his size (6-foot-1, 169 pounds) often puts him at a significant disadvantage defensively. Jennings is also a volume scorer who shoots a poor percentage, hitting less than 40 percent of his shots from the floor this season and throughout his career.

The Bucks would likely want to dump power forward Drew Gooden in a deal, but that’d be a steep price for the Mavs to pay for a player who has fallen out of Milwaukee’s rotation. Gooden, who played 46 games for the Mavs in 2009-10 before being included in a blockbuster deal with the Washington Wizards, is due $6.7 million in each of the next two seasons.

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Did Vince Carter commit beard violation?

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DALLAS – The rules regarding the Mavericks’ beard pact are a bit fuzzy, so to speak.

Shaving the neck is definitely allowed. What about the cheekbones? That will determine whether sixth man Vince Carter has violated the pact of not shaving until the Mavs hit .500 again.

Carter’s beard is bushy, but it’s been lined up on the neck and cheekbones and his mustache has been well trimmed. According to his interpretation of the unwritten rules, Carter is still in compliance.

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Vince CarterJerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsVince Carter is still growing his beard, but he’s keeping it neatly trimmed.“I can’t have it in my eyes, bro. Sorry,” Carter said. “Have you seen Chris Kaman? I can’t do that, man. I didn’t make the rules. That’s the thing. I don’t know where all the rules came from. O.J. (Mayo) was like, ‘We can’t cut the beard.’ The beard is the beard.”

At this point, Carter used his fingers for visual aids in his defense, running them along the cheekbones and neckline.

“This is the beard,” Carter said. “Line it up, man.”

Kaman, who still hasn’t returned to practice after suffering a concussion on Feb. 28, apparently hasn’t manicured his facial hair in any way, shape or form since several Mavs agreed to let their beards grow until they get back to the break-even point. That level of commitment is a bit much as far as Carter is concerned.

“Then you look like a man who lives in the forest, brother,” Carter said. “No thank you.”

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Rick Carlisle doesn’t expect Mavs to make any deals

DALLAS – The Bank of Cuban might be open, but Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t expect it to do any business before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

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“If you’re asking me if we’re going to trade anybody, I don’t think we’re going to,” Carlisle told reporters after Monday morning’s shootaround. “That’s my opinion. I don’t think we’re going to trade (Shawn) Marion. I don’t think we’re going to trade Vince (Carter). I don’t think we’re going to trade anybody. That’s my opinion.”

Owner Mark Cuban declared last month that there is a “100 percent chance” the Mavs would try to make a deal before the deadline. Armed with a lot of expiring contracts as bait, Cuban made it clear that he’s willing to take back significant salary in the right deal.

However, the right deal would require the Mavs landing a superstar-level talent. That’s the only reason it’d make sense for the Mavs to sacrifice the salary cap space needed to enter the Dwight Howard sweepstakes this summer.

The Mavs are among several teams who have aggressively inquired about DeMarcus Cousins, but the Sacramento Kings have insisted that they don’t plan to deal the enigmatic 22-year-old big man this summer. Atlanta forward Josh Smith is available, but he isn’t a superstar.

The names of Marion and Carter have come up frequently in trade speculation because the veterans could have value to contending teams. A strong case can be made that the Mavs would be wise to jump-start their rebuilding process by flipping Marion and/or Carter for young talent and/or draft picks.

However, the Mavs are determined to make a push for the playoffs, not wanting to let their dozen-year postseason streak die without a fight. The Mavs would need Carter and Marion to play critical roles in that push if it happens.

Plus, it’s difficult to find a contender that could put together an attractive proposal for Marion or Carter.

So it’s probably pretty safe to predict that the Mavs end up standing pat as the deadline passes. But it’s worth noting that Carlisle makes the same prediction every year.

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