East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Devin Harris scored 41 points and dished out 13 assists against his former team, and the New Jersey Nets defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 121-97, in Jason Kidd's first game at the IZOD Center since being traded last season.
Harris and Kidd were traded for each other in February of last season in a desperate attempt by the Mavericks to upgrade their point guard position. Harris, who is having a breakout season with averages of 23.8 points and 6.3 assists coming into the game, shot 14-of-25 from the floor.
Vince Carter chipped in 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who had lost four of five coming in. Yi Jianlian posted 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jarvis Hayes had 14 points in the win.
Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points to pace the Mavericks, who have lost two of three following an 11-2 stretch. Kidd posted 17 points and seven assists, while Jason Terry had 23 points and six rebounds. Josh Howard added 12 points in a losing effort.
Harris and Carter combined to shoot 11-of-17 from the field for 29 points in the first quarter, as the Nets held a 33-30 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
The Nets scored 10 straight points in a 1:11 span to take a 60-48 lead on Carter's three-pointer. Harris had 26 points by halftime, and New Jersey led, 64-51.
Harris and the Nets maintained their double-digit lead for a majority of the third quarter, taking a 90-77 edge into the fourth.
Dallas pulled to within 10 on Terry's early three-point play, but New Jersey went on an 8-0 run to make it 98-80 on Keyon Dooling's three with 9 1/2 minutes left. The Mavs never threatened again.