Typically when you get an entry into the record books, or even if you are just part of an entry, it is kind of a small honor. For the Nets on Wednesday there was no honor whatsoever in being added into the record books. The Mavericks can’t even take much joy in the part they played either (can you really be proud of exposing an other’s ineptitude?).
For a time it looked like the Nets might escape with just tying the record. After one period the score was tied at 28. New coach, Kiki Vandeweghe, who did not take over till after the game, will undoubtedly have his hands full with the worst scoring and shooting team in the NBA.
Just last season point guard Jason Kidd was a part of the Nets organization (and must be awfully thankful for the trade to Dallas now). While Kidd and the rest of the starters almost took three of the four quarters off (they either tied or outscored the Mavs in three of four quarters), the one quarter where they turned it on was more than enough.
After ending one period tied to the worst team in the NBA, when they are supposed to be one of the best, the Mavs turned it on in true championship caliber fashion. In a near perfect quarter where they shot 17 for 19 (on the way to an 81% first half shooting percentage; the first time since Denver did it in 2006) the Mavs opened up a 27 point lead by pouring in 49 points. Yes- that’s right- 49 points.
The Nets did not do badly with 22 points of their own, but when someone lays in 49 points- something that is typically good for a whole half- in one quarter you are done.
Sorry guys. If it is any consolation though, our owner is going to be on RAW (the wrestling show) Monday night. Maybe you can watch him get body slammed a couple times.