Nets jump out early, hang on late to beat Dallas
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson scored 28 points on
11-of-16 shooting to help lead the New Jersey Nets past the Dallas Mavericks,
100-89, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Nenad Krstic added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who won their fifth
straight game overall. Vince Carter also turned in a solid game with 23 points
and six rebounds as New Jersey concluded a three-game homestand undefeated.
The win snapped the Nets 11-game losing streak to Dallas.
“For us, it was just maintain what we had been doing the last four games,”
said New Jersey’s Jason Kidd.
Dirk Nowitzki netted a game-high 37 points on 14-of-28 shooting for the
Mavericks, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Overall, it was just
Dallas’ second loss in its last eight games.
Rawle Marshall was the only other Maverick in double figures with 10 points.
“We just couldn’t get anything going,” said Nowitzki. “We turned the ball
over. Really that is where we lost the game.”
New Jersey dominated the opening frame as Dallas struggled to hit shots. The
Mavericks netted just 10 points, a season low for a quarter, in the first
stanza, shooting a horrid 4-of-22 from the floor. Nowitzki finished the
quarter 1-for-8 shooting.
“We did a good job early on Dirk,” Jefferson said. “It was just a matter of
trying to contain him.”
The Nets used an 11-0 run to hold an 18-4 lead with 4:32 left in the first and
later extended to a 29-10 edge heading into the second. New Jersey countered
Dallas’ poor shooting percentage by hitting on 12-of-25 from the floor with
Jefferson netting 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
It was much of the same in the second as a Jefferson jumper with just under
three minutes left extended the Nets to a 25-point advantage, 49-24. New
Jersey led 53-32 at the half.
Jefferson finished the first half with 17 points while Krstic had 12 points
and nine rebounds.
Nowitzki faired a little better in the second quarter, hitting on three of his
five shots while finishing the opening 24 minutes with a team-high nine
points. Dallas as a team shot at just a 28.6 percent clip in the first two
quarters, while the Nets hit on 51.1 percent of their attempts.
The Mavericks tried to get back into the game in the third as a Nowitzki
jumper cut the deficit to 14, 64-50, with 4:12 remaining in the frame.
However, the Nets ran off six straight after that to extend back to a 20-point
lead. New Jersey led 77-61 after the quarter.
Nowitzki then netted seven points in a row for Dallas to pull the Mavericks to
within 83-72 with 7:07 left in the fourth. However, the Nets responded with an
11-0 burst to retake control at 94-72 with 3:40 remaining.
Dallas though, had one more big run left in it. Two Marshall free throws with
3:31 left started a 15-0 Maverick run that spanned three minutes and was
capped by a Darrell Armstrong layup to make it 94-87.
The Mavericks then started sending the Nets to the free throw line, but New
Jersey was good on all six of its attempts down the stretch to seal the win.
Kidd added 15 points and nine assists and passed Albert King for eighth place
on New Jersey’s all-time scoring list. King netted 5,595 points in his career
with the Nets. Kidd now has 5,607 points…Carter recorded his 47th 20-plus
game scoring…Dallas never led in the contest…Jason Terry and Jerry
Stackhouse both finished with eight points for Dallas.