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

Jefferson’s absence taking toll on Nets

(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.

New Jersey’s skid coincides with the absence of Richard Jefferson, who missed
his second straight game on Friday with back spasms and is questionable for
tonight’s affair.

Carter has also struggled with Jefferson out of the lineup. In his last two
games Carter is averaging just 24.0 points after scoring 33.5-per-game during
the team’s 10-game run.

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.