Nowitzki and Dallas crush Nets
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 13
rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 92-75 rout of the New Jersey Nets
at Continental Airlines Arena.
Josh Howard netted 23 and also pulled down six board while Jason Terry added
13 points and seven assists for the Mavericks, who have won 13 of their last
14 games. Devin Harris donated 10 points for Dallas, which has won 12 of the
last 13 meetings.
Vince Carter chipped in 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting and Nenad Krstic poured
in 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Nets, who had a two-game winning
streak come to an end. Jason Kidd finished with 10 points, eight assists and
eight rebounds in the contest for New Jersey, which is 1-7 versus the Western
Conference this season.
The Mavs jumped out to an 8-0 lead as the Nets missed their first six shots
from the floor. However, New Jersey went on an 11-5 run, capped by Carter’s
layup, narrowing the gap to 13-11.
Leading 15-13, Dallas reeled off an 11-2 spurt spanning the first and second
quarters. Jerry Stackhouse drained four straight free throws at the end of the
opening frame for a 21-14 advantage, and Devean George’s trey capped the run,
extending the lead to 26-15, as New Jersey once again began the frame ice
cold, missing its first five shots in the second.
The Mavericks cruised into the half with a 49-35 margin.
Harris’ layup pushed the lead to 57-40, but the Nets stormed back with a 19-7
rally, including eight points from Carter and six from Mikki Moore, cutting
the deficit to five, 64-59. However, that was as close as New Jersey would
Leading, 69-63, early in the fourth, the Mavs put the game away with a 19-8
surge, including 10 points from Nowitzki, for an 88-71 score with 3:10 to
The Nets had only 10 field goals and shot 29 percent from the floor in the
first 24 minutes of play…New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson ended with 12 points
and six rebounds…Dallas shot 41 percent from the field compared to 35.1
percent for the Nets…Stackhouse finished with nine points.