Things looked bad for the Nets when Vince Carter took an elbow to the face early in the second quarter, then shakily left the court; however, Carter returned to score 25 points (29 total) and key a 21-0 run that put away the Mavericks for good, 101-82. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki struggled, shooting just 25%. Also in hoops:
- Tayshaun Prince led a fast start for Detroit with 14 first-quarter points, and the Pistons cruised against the Bobcats, 113-87, after learning forward Rasheed Wallace would replace Boston's Kevin Garnett at the All-Star Game.
- T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon combined for 23 assists in Toronto's 105-82 win in Minnesota.