Vince Carter pulled off an incredible layup hours before his 40th birthday that’s a mirror image of one he had 12 years ago

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Vince Carter turned 40 on Thursday, but on Wednesday night proved yet again that for him on the basketball court, age truly is just a number.

Against the Raptors on the eve of his birthday, Carter unleashed an excellent layup in the second quarter, in which he spins 360 degrees around a defender beneath the basket before laying in a reverse. The highlight would be worthy of ESPN’s “Top Ten” plays even before you consider that Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA.

Check it out for yourself:

Perhaps most amazingly of all, Carter’s layup is a splitting image of a similar 360 reverse layup he nailed against the Raptors 12 years ago, way back when the Nets still played in New Jersey.

Here is the comparison:

This is Carter’s 19th season, and he continues to produce for a solid Grizzlies team. His athleticism, at 40, is better than a sizeable portion of guys two decades younger than him.

Never retire, Vince.