Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th
Game 2: Sunday, March 19th

Nets 77

(19-15, 9-9 away)

Mavericks 110

(27-10, 14-4 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2006

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 19 25 22 1177
    DAL 32 35 33 10110

    Top Performers

    New Jersey: J. Kidd 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dallas: J. Howard 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Howard, Mavs dominate Jefferson-less Nets at home

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks jumped on the weary New Jersey Nets from the opening tip, and didn't let up.

    Josh Howard scored 29 points and Keith Van Horn added 23 -- going 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half -- in the Mavericks' 110-77 rout of the Nets on Saturday night.

    New Jersey had 10 turnovers in the opening quarter, leading to 16 Dallas points as the Mavericks rolled to a 32-19 advantage. Dallas, which had seven steals in the first quarter and never trailed, didn't commit a turnover in the opening period and went on to lead by as many as 38.

    "We kind of threw the first punch and kept on punching," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "We were fortunate enough to put together one of our better games of the (season)."

    Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points for the Mavericks, who beat the Nets for the 11th straight time. The season-high point totals from Howard and Van Horn helped Dallas to its fourth victory in five games overall.

    Dallas' previous four games had been decided by four points or less, two going to overtime, and the Mavericks were ready for an easy night.

    "We've had so many close games," Van Horn said. "It seems like every game we've played the last two weeks has been a cliffhanger. It's good to get a win like this."

    Jason Kidd scored 19 points and Vince Carter had 17 for the Nets, who have lost three straight after a 10-game winning streak.

    New Jersey hasn't beaten Dallas since March 2, 2000.

    The Nets finished with 25 turnovers that led to 36 Mavericks points and looked like a tired team, a night after they lost 81-69 at Memphis.

    "We've had three tough games in a row," Carter said. "We didn't bring our 'A' game. We didn't even bring our 'B' game."

    The Mavericks had been resting since a 117-115 overtime loss on the road to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

    Dallas used its highest-scoring half of the season to build a 67-44 lead at the break behind Van Horn's 21 points and Howard's 17.

    "We were overdue," Howard said. "We weren't expecting to beat New Jersey like that. But with our defense going like it was, we really jumped on them."

    Dallas made seven of its first eight 3-pointers and Van Horn surpassed his previous season high of 19 points with 5:33 left until halftime.

    The Mavericks took a 93-57 edge into the final quarter.

    "You have to give Dallas credit," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "They were the far better team tonight. They imposed their will and totally played at a much higher level than we did."

    Johnson had been displeased with the recent play of the Mavs, who had lost two of their previous five, but Johnson had few complaints about Dallas' first-half effort on both ends of the floor.

    Johnson made a change in the Mavericks starting lineup, promoting center DeSagana Diop over Erick Dampier, who started the first 36 games.

    Diop had seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 20 minutes and Dampier finished with three rebounds and two blocks in 15.

    "I thought Diop did well with limited minutes ... and I thought Dampier came out and contributed off the bench," Johnson said.

    Game notes

    Dallas had its largest margin of victory ever over New Jersey, surpassing a 99-73 win on Dec. 10, 2000. ... The Mavericks' biggest margin of victory this season was a 119-82 blowout of Detroit on Nov. 19. ... New Jersey G Jeff McInnis left the game in the second quarter with a sprained left knee and didn't return. His condition will be evaluated on Sunday. ... Johnson has been critical of Dampier's consistency, but the coach said before the game that the switch at center isn't permanent. "Teams change lineups all the time," Johnson said. "We're not a championship team where we're bringing back five (starters). We're still searching." ... The Nets were hopeful that F Richard Jefferson would return to the starting lineup, but Jefferson hasn't quite recovered from back spasms and was inactive for the third straight game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 110
    FGM-FGA 29-70 (.414) 40-76 (.526)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 8-15 (.533)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 22-31 (.710)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-39 8-36
    Assists 16 22
    Turnovers 25 13
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 13 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 38

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 19
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Josh Howard Howard
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0