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Vince Carter was literally ‘on fire’ last night

Atlanta Hawks super-elder Vince Carter was on fire from the field on Tuesday night. So much so, that the video staff had an NBA Jams moment.

Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks is proving to the rest of the NBA world that age is nothing but a number.

Previously thought of like a mentor to the youngins’ of the Hawks, Carter has also shown that he can still put on dazzling performances off the bench. In their shocking 117-113 victory over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta was smokin’ from 3-point range, hitting six in the first quarter in route to 16 total made 3s.

Carter played a big part in the Hawks’ 3-point barrage against the Lakers, but in the latter stages of the second quarter, Vince had a flashback of his younger, more athletic days, and couldn’t miss from the field. He hit three shots in a row, which had the video board staff at State Farm Arena thinking of a way to make it known to LeBron who was on fire.

Their inspiration was NBA Jams.

OK, so for anyone who’s played NBA Jams (such as yours truly, proudly showing my age, thank you very much), whenever a player hits three shots in a  row, the announcer makes his iconic call “he’s on fire!

In addition, the ball began to literally get on fire whenever the player on fire touched it, as he can’t miss for the rest of the game.

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So, what does that have to do with Carter? Everything.

You see when Carter hit his third-straight field goal with 2:43 left to go in the first half, the video scoreboard put him “on fire,” which was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

Eventually, Carter turned back into a mortal human being, and missed, with the flames going out. Still, it was cool that someone in the arena stayed true to the legend that is NBA Jams.

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