EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Devin Harris dominated the team that traded him, scoring 41 points and helping the Nets ruin Jason Kidd's return to New Jersey with a 121-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night.
Harris added 13 assists in thoroughly outplaying Kidd, who spent 61/2 years in New Jersey before the Nets dealt him to Dallas in February for a package highlighted by Harris, who had his second 40-point game in a breakout season.
He was removed for good with 2 minutes, 11 seconds remaining, with fans chanting "Thank you, Cuban!" to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban - who signed off on a trade many think the Nets got the better of.
Vince Carter added 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who improved to just 5-8 at home. Yi Jianlian had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Kidd finished with 17 points and seven assists, but neither he nor his teammates could deal with the quickness of Harris, who recorded his eighth 30-point game, all this season.
Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and Jason Terry 23 for the Mavs.