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The best of Vince Carter's career in the month of November

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Vince Carter dunking as a Net and acknowledging Raptors fan as a member of the Grizzlies (NBA Getty Images)

The 2018-19 season is the 21st of Vince Carter's decorated career; whether or not it will be his last is up in the air.

With Carter's status for next season being uncertain, there's no better time than the present to revisit some of his best moments and performances from over the years. With there being so many to choose from, it's only right to break them all down month-by-month.

First up: November.

Best Stat Line

Nov. 18, 2000 vs. Milwaukee Bucks: 48 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks

Eight games into the 2000-01 NBA season, Carter was averaging a team-high 29.5 points per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from long range.

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Sure Not Now

When the Raptors hosted the Bucks in game nine of the season, Carter absolutely went off.

In 45 minutes, Toronto's highflying superstar led his team to a win by scoring 48 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and connecting on three of his seven 3-point attempts. Carter got to the line at will, sinking 17 of 18 free throw attempts in the game.

It was the first of four 40-point games from Carter that season; he went on to average a career-high 27.6 points per game, leading the Raptors to 47 wins and the East's fifth seed. In the 2001 postseason, Toronto won its first-ever playoff series over the Knicks in five games.

Best Dunk

Nov. 7, 2005 vs. Miami Heat

Arguably the best in-game dunk of Carter's NBA career came in an early November meeting between the Heat and Nets in 2005.

A Richard Jefferson miss caromed off the backboard to Carter, who proceeded to get around a defender with a behind-the-back dribble that got him to the lane where Alonzo Mourning awaited. Mourning, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who averaged 2.8 blocks per game for his career, wasn't backing down and Carter wasn't, either.

Carter rose up, absorbing contact from the Heat centre, fully extended back and finished with authority for one of the best dunks in NBA history.

Best Clutch Performance

Nov. 21, 2008 vs. Toronto Raptors

Coming up clutch at the Air Canada Centre is nothing new for Carter, but on this night in 2008, he did it as a member of the New Jersey Nets.

Carter first sank a deep contested 3-pointer to tie the game with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, effectively sending the game into overtime, but he wasn't done yet. For his final act, Carter's reverse dunk off of an inbounds lob pass put the Nets up by two points with 1.5 seconds remaining in the period.

Toronto's subsequent full-court heave was unsuccessful and the Nets escaped with a victory. Carter finished the night with 39 points (on 17-for-28 shooting), nine rebounds and six assists.

Best Moment

Nov. 19, 2014 - Raptors honour Vince Carter

Throughout the 2014-15 NBA season, the Raptors commemorated their 20th season with tribute videos for individuals that made a lasting impact on the franchise with their contributions.

When Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies made their lone visit to the Air Canada Centre that season, the Raptors and their fans brought Carter to tears with their reaction to the video, which included an interview with the eight-time All-Star.

Given the way in which his tenure with the Raptors ended, this moment put any ill feelings in the past.

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