With a strong slate of Friday night games, Dallas at New Jersey had some obvious storylines: Jason Kidd returns to the arena he revived, and Devin Harris gets a chance to show the team that traded him just what they're missing. Harris held his bargain, dropping an absurd 41 points and 13 assists in the huge N.J. win. Nets fans responded accordingly. (The fun starts about 33 seconds in.)
"THANK YOU CU-BAN!" indeed. Mark Cuban was at the game, of course, and in highlights didn't look particularly pleased by the Mavericks' fate. Harris wasn't alone in carving up the Mavs -- Vince Carter had 34 on only 18 shots, and Yi Jianlian broke out with 16/10. N.J. got its 121 points in only 94 possession, which means the Nets offense was immaculate while the Dallas defense was atrocious.
Dallas maintains the better record, but there's a sincere chance the Nets end up as the only team from this pair in the postseason. On top of that, New Jersey's future remains incredibly promising while Dallas has an aging core and few prospects of note.
Devin Harris Hangs 41 on Dallas, Nets Fans Thank Mark Cuban originally appeared on NBA FanHouse on Sat, 20 Dec 2008 09:30:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.