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

Double blah.

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."

Dal-NJ boxscore

Patricia Bender
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