Wolves fall to Mavs, Nuggets

Published 11:44 am Monday, March 11, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The highlight-reel dunks and jaw-dropping athleticism have all but disappeared from Vince Carter’s game. The old Vince is gone.

Now he’s just Old Vince, and that’s more than fine with the Dallas Mavericks.

Carter had 22 points and nine rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks to a 100-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

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The 36-year-old Carter is no longer a featured face for the NBA, no longer soaring through the air in Toronto and New Jersey. He’s reshaped his game and accepted his role as a scorer off the bench, filling it superbly for a Mavericks team clinging to relevancy in the Western Conference.

On Saturday, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Timberwolves 111-88 in the mile-high city.