Nets down Mavs for first time in six years

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Richard Jefferson scored 28 points,
and the New Jersey Nets beat Dallas 100-89 Sunday for their first
victory over the Mavericks in six years.

Vince Carter added 23 points for the Nets, who have won five in
a row overall and 18 of 21 at home. Jason Kidd rebounded from a
pair of quiet scoring games to add 15 points, including a pair of
jumpers to halt Dallas' momentum after the Mavs twice got within 11
early in the fourth quarter.

New Jersey had lost 11 straight meetings since its last victory
over Dallas on March 2, 2000. The Nets' worst loss of the season
came in a 110-77 Mavericks rout on Jan. 14.

This time it was the Nets who rolled, leading by double digits
for nearly all of the final 40 minutes and knocking the Mavs out of
a share of the top spot in the Western Conference. Dallas fell a
half-game behind Southwest Division rival San Antonio.

Dirk Nowitzki tied his season high with 37 points, but he got
off to a horrible start right along with the rest of his teammates
in the Mavericks' lowest-scoring quarter of the season. Dallas
scored only 10 points in the first 12 minutes and had its
three-game winning streak snapped.

Nenad Krstic had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who led
by as many as 25 points. Kidd had nine assists.

The Mavs missed 13 of their first 14 shots while the Nets
quickly seized control. They had a double-digit lead a little more
than halfway through the quarter, and it ballooned to 22-6 when
Kidd set up Jefferson for an alley-oop dunk on the break with 2:25

The lead grew to 21 on Jefferson's jumper with 45 seconds left
and the Nets were up 29-10 at the end of the quarter. Dallas shot
4-for-22 (18 percent) in the period, with Nowitzki going 1-of-8 for
his two points.

Midway through the second quarter, the Mavs had more turnovers
(seven) than field goals (six) and trailed 41-18. The Nets settled
for a 53-32 lead at halftime, with Jefferson going 7-of-8 for his
17 points.

Mavs coach Avery Johnson shook things up by starting reserves
Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier in the third quarter. Nowitzki
scored 19 points in the period, but the closest the Mavs got during
the quarter was 14 points on his 3-pointer with 4:12 remaining.

Game notes
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Johnson becoming
Mavericks coach after the resignation of Don Nelson. Johnson
recently set a record for the best start by an NBA coach, winning
66 of his first 82 games. ... Dallas' previous worst quarter this
season was an 11-point first period against Atlanta on Nov. 17 in a
victory over Atlanta. ... Kidd passed Albert King (5,595 points)
for eighth place on New Jersey's career scoring list and now has
5,607. The player next on the list was also in the arena: Keith Van
Horn was with the Mavs but is out with a sprained left knee.