A look at Vince Carter’s best games against the Charlotte Hornets

Former Toronto Raptors Vince Carter. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
Former Toronto Raptors Vince Carter. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport /

With Vince Carter retiring from professional basketball, it’s time to take a look at his best game against the Charlotte Hornets.

As the world continues to recover from the Coronavirus, fans have awaited more NBA related news. On Thursday, the Charlotte Hornets and their fans learned that Vince Carter was finally retiring after 22 seasons.

Carter was asked about his future on The Ringer’s Winging It podcast on Thursday. Carter responded to the question by saying, “I’m officially done playing basketball professionally.” Following the announcement, the Hornets made several tweets about Carter to show him respect.

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During his playing career, Carter played against the Hornets/Bobcats 50 times; he started in 35 of those games. However, Carter had two games against Charlotte that stood out.

On January 14th, 2001, Carter had one of the best games of his 2000-01 season after playing the Hornets. Carter finished the game with 40 points, eight rebounds, and also shot 70% from the floor; this terrific performance was enough to give the Toronto Raptors a 107-99 victory over the Hornets.

Even though the Hornets lost that game against Carter, the team still put up a fight. The top-two scorers in the loss were Jamal Mashburn (21 points) and David Wesley (20 points).

Following the end of the 2000-01 season, his 40-point game against the Hornets would be his fourth highest-scoring game of the season.

Moreover, his game in 2001 was not his only 40-point game against Charlotte. On March 24, 2007, Carter led the New Jersey Nets to a 113-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Carter finished this game with 40 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Over the course of his career, Carter won 38 games against the Hornets, while losing 45 games against them. With his retirement, Carter finished his career against the Hornets by averaging 18.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Carter finished his career as an eight-time All-Star, the winner of the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, and the NBA’s 1999 Rookie of the Year. He was also a member of the 2001 All-NBA Second Team and the 2000 All-NBA Third Team.

With his professional Career over, the Charlotte Hornets will likely not see Vince Carter play against them again. After his magnificent career, how soon will fans see Carter get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

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