Dallas Mavericks at New Jersey Nets.
Oh, why bother (well, that doesn't mean I won't do it, I just won't go
into much detail). The Mavs played absolutely awful. New Jersey was up
32-26 after one and it got worse from there. New Jersey had _10_
offensive rebounds and hit 4 3-pointer in the first quarter. They opened
the 2nd quarter with a 12-0 run as Dallas did not score until 4 minutes
into the quarter having shot 1-7 FG. New Jersey built up a 20 point lead
at 48-28 with 6:40 left. New Jersey led 62-44 at the half. New Jersey
out-rebounded the Mavs 31-15 and had 15 offensive boards. New Jersey hit
6-12 3-pointers and Robert Pack had dished out 13 assists. New Jersey
scored the first basket of the 2nd half before Dallas went on a 9-2 run to
cut New Jersey's lead down to 66-55 with 7:50 left in the quarter. New
Jersey came back with an 10-0 run and the blow out was on. New Jersey
built up a 93-64 lead with 35 seconds left in the quarter. It was New
Jersey 93-68 after 3. Dallas never cut New Jersey's lead below 20 in the
4th quarter. New Jersey 114, Dallas 91.
New Jersey made 13-25 3-pointers and out-rebounded the Mavs 50-36
including 23-11 offensive. Robert Pack had a career-high 22 assists. New
Jersey took Chris Gatling out of the game by playing 7-6 Shawn Bradley on
John Calipari: "Tonight Robert Pack ran the club. Everyone was moving and
creating shots for themselves as well as for each other."
Calipari: "Tonight, what you saw is the way I enjoy coaching. Everyone
was moving and creating shots. We only ran 8 to 10 plays the whole
night. The rest was just playing basketball. What you saw out of Robert
Pack is what we invested in."
Robert Pack: "That's the way we want to play, up-tempo and in control. I
was looking for guys all night. I want to be the one running the show.
It was very important for us to get the win, especially before we go on
that long road trip."
Pack: "We played the way I like tonight. We pushed the ball up the court
and ran very few plays. I just told [my teammates] to get open and I'll
find you. I want to be the man. I want to run the team."
Jim Cleamons: "I'm at a loss for words. I'm embarrassed, to say the
least. I don't think our effort was there tonight. We just didn't play
very well. Turnovers killed us, as well as rebounding and uncontested
Cleamons: "But I don't think the effort was there for whatever reason. We
had turnovers, gave up offensive rebounds, loose balls, uncontested shots.
It's a litany that goes on and on and on."
Cleamons: "We had no presence tonight on the defensive end of the floor."
Cleamons: "We cut it to 11 [in the 3rd] but instead of digging in and
getting it to single digits, we're happy to be there. We've got to find
our hearts and souls and play tougher."
Jason Kidd: "Yeah, it was embarrassing, pitiful. To look up and see us
down 20 or even 30 points to that team, it's a disgrace."
Derek Harper: "The way we looked tonight was very disappointing, coming
off a win Thursday. The key is to find a way to play well back-to-back.
We Haven't been able to do that this year."
Harper: "I think losing really has to hurt. Losing has to bother you for
you to be a good basketball team. We, as a group, have to find a way to
bring that every single night."
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