The Mavericks made 17 of 19 shots and opened a 27-point lead in a nearly flawless second period, burying the Nets 117-101. It marked the 18th straight loss for New Jersey. With the loss, the Nets set an NBA record for futility to start a season.
Dallas shot a franchise-record 81 percent in the first half. The Mavericks are the first NBA team to make 80 percent of its shots in a half since the Denver Nuggets hit 82 percent against the Clippers on April 4, 2006, according to STATS, LLC.
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Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and Kidd had 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who led by 31 points in the third quarter. Erick Dampier added 18 points and 11 boards, and Jason Terry also scored 18 points.
New Jersey hung around for a quarter in this one. The Mavs shot 71 percent in the first period, but the Nets turned six Dallas turnovers into 11 points and fought their way to a 28-all tie.
It was over a few minutes later. Dallas shot 89.5 percent in the second, hitting its final nine shots and making all 10 free throws while building a 77-50 lead.