It has been 10 seasons since the New Jersey Nets won a game in Dallas. That streak will continue as the Nets lost 102-89 to the Mavericks.
Avery Johnson returned to Dallas where he coached for four seasons. Devin Harris also returned to his old stomping grounds.
Former Net hero Jason Kidd is still playing at a high level for the Mavericks. He controlled the rhythm early even though he didn’t score in the first quarter. His vision on the court is unmatched.
Harris was shaken up early after a fine defensive stop. He seemed to be favoring his left shoulder, but remained in game. Later in the quarter, he was taken back to locker room and did not return after suffering a shoulder sprain.
The Nets kept the score close, but Dallas pulled away to a 30-19 lead after a few consecutive baskets to close out the first.
The Mavericks began to pull away in the second quarter as they opened up an 18-point lead. The Nets got some good minutes off the bench from Terrence Williams, who returned to the team after a brief stint in the D-League. He scored six points in the quarter filling in at point guard for the injured Harris.
Dallas closed out the first half on a dagger of a three-pointer from Kidd after the Nets scored six straight points. The Mavericks led 55-40 at the break. Shawn Marion and Caron Butler paced Dallas with 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Mavericks continued pouring it on early in the third quarter. They opened up a 21-point lead, with Dirk Nowitzki heating up.
The Nets fought back though as they have done all season and came within five points. Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow contributed nicely during this run.
However, Dallas extended the lead back to 10, as they led 79-69 at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter was very fast paced. Just when it seemed like the Nets would make a run to further cut into the lead, Nowitzki, Marion or Jason Terry would nail a big shot.
The Nets showed some good fight late, but have now dropped six straight games.
Lopez finished with 24 points, while Morrow rattled in 21. Kris Humphries put up a double-double against his former mates with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The schedule only gets tougher, as the Nets take on the Lakers this Sunday.