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Nets Handle Mavs With Ease

The Dallas Mavericks came into the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon with the best road record in the NBA, but without four key players. Still, they had MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzki and he scored a season-high 39 points. He had no help though (Jason Terry, Marquis Daniels and Jerry Stackhouse combined to shoot 8-31), as the Nets jumped out to a big lead early and never let up, ending their 11-game losing streak to Dallas and extending their current winning streak to five. New Jersey led by as many as 21 points in the first quarter, 25 in the second, and 23 in the third. Dallas cut it down to 11 with less than eight minutes to go in the game, but a pair of Jason Kidd baskets and a few free throws after that brought on garbage time. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Vince Carter added 23 and Nenad Krstic recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kidd broke out of his shooting slump, shooting 6-of-8 for 15 points and added nine assists. The Nets are now nine games over .500 for the first time this season.