Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/5

Game 1: Tuesday, December 5th
Mavericks92Final
Nets75
Game 2: Tuesday, March 6th
Nets89Final
Mavericks102

Nets 89

(28-33, 11-18 away)

Mavericks 102

(51-9, 30-3 home)

Coverage: NBATV

7:30 PM ET, March 6, 2007

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 18 23 27 2189
DAL 25 22 25 30102

Top Performers

New Jersey: V. Carter 32 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

Mavs run win streak to 16 and clinch playoff spot

Associated Press

DALLAS -- As if 16 wins in a row, 23 straight home wins and a clinched playoff berth weren't enough, Jason Terry provided something extra for one fan Tuesday night -- a smooch.

Terry apologized for diving into an elderly woman by giving her a kiss after the play, then returned to help the Dallas Mavericks finish off a milestone-filled, 102-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Mavs Still Going Strong ... Through 60
Avery Johnson

The Mavs' current club-record streaks (16 straight wins overall, 23 straight at home) seem like small potatoes compared to where Avery Johnson's 51-9 team stands after beating the Nets. The best records through the first 60 games in NBA history:

Season Team Record
1995-96 Bulls 54-6
1996-97 Bulls 53-7
1966-67 76ers 52-8
1982-83 76ers 51-9
1971-72 Lakers 51-9
2006-07 Mavs 51-9
1977-78 Trail Blazers 50-10

"I saw that she was dazed. I wanted to give her a kiss to wake her up," said Terry, who scored 24 points. "A little kiss never hurts anyone."

The franchise-best winning streaks have upped the Mavs' record to 51-9, enough to guarantee a spot in the playoffs even if they somehow don't win any of their final 22 games. They get the next four days off to savor what they've accomplished so far, even if they do their best to minimize it.

"My assistant called me today and said, `Let's go for No. 16.' My kids are excited about it. But that's the only time we talk about it," coach Avery Johnson said. "Like (Jerry) Stackhouse says, our fans are more excited about it than we are."

Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Erick Dampier had 14 rebounds and 12 points, including a tough put-back of a miss by Nowitzki that kept Dallas up 95-86 with a little over a minute left. The Mavs are now 15-1 when Dampier has at least 10 points.

"He was really active from start to finish," Johnson said.

Elias Says
Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks made history on Tuesday night -- not just team history, not just NBA history, but major North American pro sports history. With their 102-89 victory over the Nets, the Mavericks became the first team in NBA history to earn 51 wins in a 56-game span within a single season.

No team in the NHL or in Major League Baseball has done such a thing, either. (And in the NFL, no team has ever amassed 51 wins over any multiple-season stretch of 56 regular-season games.)

• Read more Elias Says.

Vince Carter scored 32 points to lead the Nets, who have dropped three straight. They fell to 0-2 on a six-game road trip.

Carter was 10-of-25, with eight assists and six rebounds. He started 1-for-8, after missing his last 14 shots in his previous game.

"I wanted to be aggressive," he said. "But I missed a lot of shots. For me, that's not acceptable."

After the teams traded early 14-0 runs, the game was tight for most of the middle two quarters. Dallas led by only one point with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

Then New Jersey went more than 6 minutes without scoring, missing nine straight shots. The Mavericks stretched the lead to 10 and held on the rest of the way, although the Nets got as close as 88-84.

"If we get that kind of effort every night, we've got a good chance," said Jason Kidd, who had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. "We gave ourselves a chance to win against a very good team."

Terry was 9-of-15, with three 3-pointers. He came in averaging 19.8 points on 58.8 percent shooting over the last six games.

He hit several big shots down the stretch, plus dived into the second row to try keeping alive a late rebound, knocking over a gray-haired woman in the process. He's known her since coming to Dallas three years ago and earlier in the game had noticed she had blinking lights in her mouth.

So once courtside personnel checked her out, he went over to let her know he was glad she was OK. After the peck on the cheek, Kidd teasingly shoved Terry back toward the woman, drawing a laugh from Terry and prompting the public-address announcer to say, "There's a lot of love in here tonight."

Kidd narrowly missed his second straight triple double. The one in his previous game made him the first player with 10 triple-doubles in a season in 10 years.

Mikki Moore added 20 points for New Jersey.

Dallas got at least 10 points from seven players. Devin Harris had 11, and Josh Howard, Greg Buckner and Stackhouse each had 10. Stackhouse also had four assists.

"One of the reasons Dallas is so good is their bench," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "One guy gets into foul trouble and they bring in a guy just as good."

Devean George scored only three points for the Mavericks, but more importantly he played nine minutes after missing the previous seven games with a knee injury.

He'll get more time to rest with the upcoming layoff.

"We didn't want to go into four days with Avery with a loss," Terry said.

Game notes


Dallas' streak is tied for 11th best in league history. One more and the Mavs match the Phoenix Suns' streak earlier this season, which is tied for seventh in league history. ... Scottie Pippen, whose offer to come out of retirement has been rebuffed thus far by the Mavericks, watched from a front-row seat behind the scorer's table. ... Mavs owner Mark Cuban and Moore had a laugh-filled exchange during a dead ball midway through the fourth quarter. ... Nets F Richard Jefferson (ankle surgery) is doing some jogging, shooting, slide-steps and running stairs, but he's not yet cleared to practice. Frank said he's hoping that will happen next week.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NJ
DAL
Points 89 102
FGM-FGA 33-76 (.434) 40-82 (.488)
3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 7-17 (.412)
FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 15-16 (.938)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 10-42
Assists 20 18
Turnovers 12 13
Steals 5 5
Blocks 6 6
Fast Break Points 11 17
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 22 (2/0)
Largest Lead 4 13

Top Performers

New Jersey
Dallas
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 32
Reb: 6
Ast: 8
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 22
Reb: 11
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 2