NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki kept Dallas ahead with his consistent play, and J.J. Barea put away the Mavericks’ win with a burst at the end.
Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, Barea scored 20 and the Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday.
The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points.
“Big shots,” Nowitzki said. “That’s what he does, pick-and-roll. They came off there and he made a couple from mid-range. He kind of iced it for us there and he’s made big plays for this franchise for a long time.”
Said coach Rick Carlisle: “That was a key part of the game.”
“I thought Dirk played a great game. His scoring and shooting was tremendous,” he said.
Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks. After Barea’s surge, Barnes’ two layups made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.
Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 for the Nets. Randy Foye and Quincy Acy each had 11.
Barnes scored 15 points in helping the Mavs take a 57-43 lead at halftime. Lopez scored 12 in the third quarter, and Brooklyn trailed 82-72 heading into the fourth.
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