DALLAS -- Brook Lopez poured in a season-high 38 points and collected 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 113-96, before a sellout crowd of 19,962 Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
In this opener of a six-game home stand for Dallas, the loss dropped the Mavs to 32-36 with only 14 games remaining and seriously hampered their chances of advancing to the playoffs.
Also for the Nets, The Colony native Deron Williams tallied 31 points and handed out six assists, Andray Blatche scored 14 points, and Reggie Evans grabbed 22 of the 45 rebounds the Nets collected. Williams, who spurned the Mavs during free agency last summer, had 26 of his points in the second half.
Dirk Nowitkzi led the Mavs with 16 points. Along the way, Nowitzki became the 10th player in NBA history to tally 24,000 points and pick up 9,000 rebounds.
In addition, Chris Kaman scored 14 points for the Mavs, Mike James had 12 points and seven assists, and Jae Crowder finished with 10 points.
The game was tied at 51-51 at the half, but the Nets assumed an 85-77 lead after the third quarter when Lopez tallied 14 points in that 12-minute period.
Game 2 of this six-game home stand is Friday night against Jason Terry and the Boston Celtics.
-- Dwain Price
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