Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
By Adriano Torres, Associated Press
BROOKLYN—Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse by holding off Brooklyn 98-90 on Friday night.
Dallas led by as many as 20 points, then looked as if it might repeat its performance from its previous game, when it blew a 25-point lead against Memphis. But O.J. Mayo added 17 points as the Mavericks ended their three-game losing streak.
Deron Williams scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half in his first game against Dallas since deciding to remain with the Nets instead of signing with the Mavericks last summer.
Brook Lopez had 19 points and Joe Johnson added 11 as he returned to the Nets after missing the last three games with a foot injury.Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Deron Williams scored 20-plus points for the 18th time this season, and has led the team in scoring 16 times. He's also made multiple three-pointers in each of the last eight games, a stretch during which he's 24-of-48 from long range...Reggie Evans pulled down 11 rebounds, the 25th time this season he's reached double digits, and 29th that he led the Nets that game.
Brooklyn Nets (34-25)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Joe Johnson (sore left heel) is a GAMETIME DECISION.
MarShon Brooks (sprained right wrist) is a GAMETIME DECISION.
Jerry Stackhouse (personal reasons) is OUT.
Dallas Mavericks (26-32)
|G · Darren Collison||G · O.J. Mayo||F · Shawn Marion||F · Dirk Nowitzki||C · Chris Kaman|
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|24 PTS, 2 AST, 4 STL
8-18 FGs, 2-6 3Ps, 6-7 FTs
|On Joe not returning late:
"When I took him out the last time, I thought I'd put him back in for one more little spurt. But that group got going good, and then I thought, "Now he's been sitting for a long time, and the worst thing in the world to do is put him back in. We have a game tomorrow."