Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets close road trip in Dallas

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets try and put the brakes on a two-game
losing streak this evening when they close a brief two-game road trip against
the Dallas Mavericks at the AmericanAirlines Center.

However, getting a win tonight might be a tall task for the Nets who have
dropped 10 in a row and 12 of the last 18 to the Mavs. New Jersey has also
struggled in Dallas, where it has lost five straight and is only 5-11 in
the last 16 visits.

New Jersey’s last win over the Mavs came back on March 2, 2000.

The Nets come into tonight’s tilt on the heels of an 81-69 loss to the Memphis
Grizzlies on Friday at FedEx Forum. They had won 10 in a row prior to their
latest slide.

Vince Carter scored 14 points and Jason Kidd added 10 points and 11 rebounds
for New Jersey, which shot 34.7 percent from the floor.

Richard Jefferson missed his second straight game with back spasms and is
questionable for tonight’s affair.

The Nets, who are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play six of seven
on the road, are 9-8 away from home this season.

Dallas, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after falling in overtime to the
New York Knicks, 117-115, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Dirk Nowitzki
scored 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who saw a
three-game winning streak come to an end.

Jason Terry netted 20 points in defeat.

In overtime, Antonio Davis tipped home Stephon Marbury’s miss to give the
Knicks a 112-109 edge with 2:33 left, but Nowitzki later tied it up with a
jumper at 1:47.

Davis and Jamal Crawford each hit two free throws for a 116-112 lead with only
11 seconds left. Dallas’ best chance to pull closer was a three-point attempt
by Nowitzki that rolled off the iron with 6.4 seconds remaining.

Dallas, which will close a brief two-game homestand against the Milwaukee
Bucks on Monday, is an impressive 13-4 in its building this season.