Nets top Mavs in OT in Kidd’s Dallas visit
DALLAS (AP) – Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including the tying layup in regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 107-104 Sunday night in Jason Kidd’s return to Dallas as a coach.
The Nets swept the two-game season series with Dallas in their first year under Kidd, who spent his 41st birthday on the floor where he was essentially the coach at point guard when the Mavericks won the 2011 title.
Marcus Thornton had 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets, who won their fourth straight game and beat a Western Conference team for the fifth straight time.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 26 points, but Dirk Nowitzki matched his season low with eight points on one of his toughest shooting nights of the season. Nowitzki hit his first shot of overtime after going 1-of-10 in regulation, but the Mavericks couldn’t make any shots until was too late in overtime.
After a layup that tied the score with 9 seconds left in regulation, Johnson put the Nets up 96-93 early in overtime with a 3-pointer and answered a pair of free throws from Nowitzki with a jumper.
After another miss by Nowitzki, Shaun Livingston stepped in front of a pass from Shawn Marion and went the distance for a layup and Brooklyn’s biggest lead at 100-95.
Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer that appeared to put the game away, but Dallas rallied enough to get a 3-point try at the buzzer. Ellis’ shot bounced off the rim.
Williams and Paul Pierce had 15 apiece for the Nets.
The Mavericks, who led by 14 points after the first quarter and midway through the third, were up four with 44 seconds left in the regulation when Pierce hit two free throws after getting fouled by Marion.
After Nowitzki shot an airball on a fadeway, Johnson drove for a layup and a 91-all tie. Ellis missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation.
Sam Dalembert had season highs of 15 rebounds and seven blocks, and he had two huge plays that weren’t rebounds when he fouled trying to get the ball and made three of four free throws in the last 1:11. Dalembert scored 12 points.
The Mavericks led by 14 after the first quarter and again midway through the third before the Nets made a charge with a 14-0 run to a 73-72 lead on two free throws from Williams. Thornton had consecutive 3-pointers to get Brooklyn within a point.
Devin Harris, who was traded to the Nets when Kidd returned to Dallas in 2008, came off the bench much earlier than usual after Jose Calderon was knocked out of the game just 45 seconds in by an inadvertent elbow from Mason Plumlee. Calderon didn’t return.
Harris hit three 3-pointers in the first 6 minutes and led the Mavericks with nine points in the first half. He finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a season-high 40 minutes.
NOTES: Nets F Andrei Kirilenko left in the first half with a mild left ankle sprain and didn’t return. … Neither team had a double-digit scorer in the first half. Brooklyn’s Marcus Thornton matched Harris with nine points before halftime. … The Mavericks showed a clever "Shawn Marion training video" making light of an unconventional shooting style where he short-arms the ball with his right hand. Marion was laughing when he came off the bench after the timeout. … Nets F Mirza Teletovic had nine points after getting a career-high 34 in 107-106 win at Brooklyn in late January.