Dallas at New Jersey

Mavs get back to winning form, trounce Nets with big fourth

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Dallas Mavericks weren't too happy about losing their 12-game winning streak, and the struggling New Jersey Nets wound up paying for it.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and Josh Howard added 23 to lead Dallas past New Jersey 92-75 Tuesday night.

In its 106-97 loss to the Wizards on Monday, Dallas played lethargically until late in the game and at one point trailed by 31 points before rallying in the fourth quarter.

Coach Avery Johnson detected a somber mood on the trip north.

"We were really embarrassed," he said. "The plane was quiet, the bus was quiet. Usually some guys are playing games, but there were no games being played. That's a good sign. We don't take losing well."

The Mavericks never trailed against the Nets, built a 17-point lead in the third quarter and held off a New Jersey rally early in the fourth. Howard attributed the fast start to the way the Mavericks ended Monday's game.

"We did an excellent job in the fourth quarter and it carried over to tonight," he said. "We knew what we needed to do."

Howard has developed into the perfect complement to Nowitzki, and the fourth-year swingman had led or co-led Dallas in scoring in three of the last four games. On Tuesday, he and Nowitzki scored all of the Mavericks' points in a 13-4 run midway through the fourth quarter that gave them an 88-71 lead with 3:10 left.

With Nowitzki scoring a quiet 10 points in the first half, Howard picked up the slack with 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

"He has the ability to contribute when he's not scoring, and he's keeping the right level of concentration for longer stretches," Johnson said of Howard.

Vince Carter scored 20 points for New Jersey, which has lost seven of its last nine games but is still tied with Toronto atop the Atlantic Division at 7-10. Even with the league's hottest team in town, the Nets couldn't match the Mavericks' energy on either end of the floor.

"It just seemed like Dallas had a great sense of urgency and we weren't able to meet it," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We just didn't seem, for whatever reason, to have a great deal of pep in our step."

The only Net who injected any life into the game was reserve center Mikki Moore, who scored eight points when the Nets closed a 17-point gap to five late in the third quarter.

"We have to keep our heads up," Carter said. "We were able to pick it up but we waited until too late. We didn't lay down. We still continued to play to win. If we continue to do that, we can win a lot of ballgames that way."

Notes

  • The loss dropped New Jersey to 1-12 in its last 13 games against Dallas.
  • Dallas G Maurice Ager sat out with a sprained right ankle.
  • The Nets threatened to match their season-low point total for the first half before winding up with 35 points, six of which were scored in the final 1:03. They managed 26 in the first half of an 86-68 loss against Portland on Nov. 18.
  • Arena security ejected a fan seated at the baseline near the Nets' bench in the second half for yelling profanities at referee Joey Crawford.
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Dirk Nowitzki leads the charge with 26 points to end the Mavericks' losing streak at one.  (Getty Images)
Dirk Nowitzki leads the charge with 26 points to end the Mavericks' losing streak at one. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Dallas (13-5) «2128202392
New Jersey (7-10) 1421261475
DAL:D. Nowitzki 26 Pts
DAL:D. Nowitzki 13 Reb
DAL:J. Terry 7 Ast
NJ:V. Carter 20 Pts
NJ:N. Krstic 12 Reb
NJ:J. Kidd 8 Ast
Players of the Game
New JerseyDallas

V. Carter

D. Nowitzki
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
204226134
Dallas
D. Nowitzki, PF408-1910-12134426
J. Terry, PG385-142-227213
J. Howard, SF3710-200-063123
D. Harris, PG314-72-225410
E. Dampier, C292-50-09044
J. Stackhouse, SF191-76-62119
D. Diop, C170-12-25042
A. Johnson, PG161-30-01112
D. George, SF91-20-01043
A. Croshere, PF10-00-01000
G. Buckner, SG10-00-00000
D. Mbenga, C10-00-01000
M. Ager, SGDid Not Play
P. Mensah-Bonsu, PFDid Not Play
J. Barea, PGDid Not Play
Totals 32-7822-2443212592
 41.0%91.7% 
New Jersey
R. Jefferson, SF403-95-1062312
V. Carter, SG386-197-742320
N. Krstic, C378-182-4121218
J. Kidd, PG364-112-288110
J. Collins, C261-23-46045
M. Moore, C224-50-07048
A. Wright, SF130-12-21132
M. Williams, PG120-50-02100
E. House, PG110-40-00010
H. Adams, SG40-00-00000
J. Boone, PF20-00-21000
C. Robinson, PFDid Not Play
J. McInnis, PGDid Not Play
B. Nachbar, SFDid Not Play
M. Ilic, CDid Not Play
Totals 26-7421-3147152175
 35.1%67.7% 
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