Ben Couch · BROOKLYNNETS.COM
By Ben Couch, BROOKLYNNETS.COM
DALLAS—Wednesday at American Airlines Center, the Brooklyn Nets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 113-96, in their only visit this season. Brook Lopez leads the team with 38 points, just one off his career high, shooting 15-of-22 from the floor. Deron Williams exploded for 26 of his 31 points after halftime, including 13 in the fourth quarter alone. Also, forward Reggie Evans racked up a game-high 22 boards.
The last time two Nets players had at least 30 points in the same game was March 26, 2010, when Brook Lopez (37) and Yi Jianlian (31) did so against Detroit. With the victory, the Nets' "magic number" to clinch a playoff spot drops to one Nets victory or loss by both Philadelphia and Toronto.
- 10:54 – Nice job by Andray Blatche, self-tipping an offensive board and poking it out to Keith Bogans to reset the possession for Brooklyn. He's putting together quite a game.
- 10:02 – Speaking of rebounds, Reggie Evans really goes after ones "out of his area." Brooklyn's Beard is up to 17 for the game.
- 7:29 – Fourth
Third Secondstraight big shot by Deron Williams, who answered Dirk's fadeaway with one of his own, Darren Collison's free throws with a step-back, Anthony Morrow's runner with a pullup, and a previous Dirk's fadeaway with a previous one of his own. Crowd
here at American Airlines Center has really come to life with the narrowing score, but it might not matter.
- 6:29 – Okay. This is officially ridiculous. Deron just connected again – his fifth straight – following a block by Brook. He's got 23 this half, the Nets are up nine, and it feels like so much more.
- 5:10 – Joe Johnson drives middle for a floater, following a layup by Brook. Floor starting to spread with Deron on fire.
- 4:40 – Deron's streak ends when he misses an open three from the left wing (Mike James got caught in a Reggie Evans screen). Mavs can't capitalize, missing a shot.
- 2:52 – Catch-and-shoot 3 for Joe Johnson. Mavs fans think that's a wrap, start heading for the exits with their team down 10.
- 2:14 – A fifth steal by Gerald Wallace leads to another three for Deron Williams. 31 points and six assists of dominance tonight.
- 8:01 – Driving jumper by Crash on the break, for the and-one. Always good to see him ... crashing the rim.
- 4:43 – Teams trading buckets like crazy. The Nets shooting free throws (16 total, 2 for Deron right now) seems like the only thing capable of slowing this game down.
- 3:14 – Hook by Brook, who's got 10 points this quarter. Good to see him building on a strong first half, as adjustments have occasionally removed him from the offense after big starts.
- 2:21 – Running bank by D-Will, who's now up to 13 in this quarter his own self. Nets are usually in good shape when both he and Brook are cooking. They've opened up an eight-point lead.
- 1:11 – Deron steps in front of O.J. Mayo in transtion: Charge. Creating luck, one hustle play at a time. Also, Stack checks in for the first time. Intriguing.
- 0:30 – Brook with a 19-foot, catch-and-release, baseline jumper. He's hitting everything, up to 32 points now, and the Nets are pulling away.
The Mavericks raced out to an early 10-point lead, but the Nets have won the battle of the benches thus far. With each team's second unit on the floor, Brooklyn was able to first tie and then overtake Dallas behind a 14-point second quarter from Andray Blatche, who followed a 15-point performance from Brook Lopez in the opening period.
Depth for both teams runs the full length of the bench, so expect no letups from either side when substitutions occur. Coach P.J. Carlesimo said that Dallas is offensively as talented as any team in the league, with no weaknesses: their shooting, three-point shooting and free-throw shooting are all plus skills. The Nets know they'll have to both slow down the Mavericks and make sure they stay efficient offensively to pull out the victory. Clean slate for everyone when you start the half tied ...
- 11:06 – Keith Bogans corner 3 drops in, marking the second straight good bounce for a Nets' shooter after Andray Blatche opened the second-quarter scoring. They'll need more of those with Deron and Brook on the bench following 12-minute opening periods.
- 8:38 – Joe hits Bogs in the corner for another 3, a minute after his first bucket of the game. He certainly anchors that second unit, which does make it a bit difficult to balance out the minutes. Gotta have him rested for the endgame, and in the big picture, the playoffs.
- 6:44 – Vince drive-and-dish, Elton Brand catch-and-shoot midrange J ... no good. In say, 2001, that's cash money – save for the fact that Vince would've jumped over someone to windmill two points through.
- 5:47 – Deron, Brook and Gerald return, with Brook and Blatche together. Go figure the immediate result is a Bogans to Williams to Wallace quick-hitter dunk. Nets take the lead.
- 4:34 – Andray Blatche has entered that special place where every time he touches the ball is extra exciting. Exploring the infinite, one offensive combination at a time.
- 0:35 – With that fadeaway by Dray, the Nets have tallied a staggered 32 of their 51 points from the center position: 18 for Brook and 14 for super-sub Blatche.
- 10:35 – Deron Williams rebounds, turns upcourt, dishes to Brook Lopez in stride, Brook completes the drive all the way to the rim. Buckets. That's the guy these teams were fighting over in free agency. Yes, indeed.
- 9:32 – No-look, behind-the-back pass to Brook underneath. Deron's got court vision.
- 7:51 – Nets looking to create transition opportunities. Seem to be getting out quick even after made baskets.
- 6:46 – Teams going bucket for bucket, something Coach P.J. said to watch out for pregame: "You're going to have to try to slow (the Mavericks) down AND put some points on the board if you're going to beat them."
- 5:31 –Mavs bring in former Nets Vince Carter and Brandan Wright.They help boost a bench unit that scores an NBA-best 41.7 points per game.
- 2:40 – Bold turnaround fadeaway by Deron goes long. Picked up his dribble, jab step into a pivot, shot. Pretty safe to say a guy's feeling confident when he takes one of those. Especially with D-Will being so efficient of late.
- 0:48 – Deron turns the ball over underneath, and the Mavs stretch their lead to a game-high 10. Turnovers were what undid the Nets against Atlanta on Sunday. Got to control the ball like they did against Detroit to stay in this.
Brooklyn Nets (39-28)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Toko Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor (D-League Assignment) are NOT WITH TEAM.
Kris Humphries (tight lower back) is a GAMETIME DECISION.
Dallas Mavericks (32-35)
|G · Mike James||G · O.J. Mayo||F · Jae Crowder||F · Dirk Nowitzki||C · Chris Kaman|
Rodrigue Beaubois (left second metacarpal fracture) is OUT.
Shawn Marion (left calf strain) is OUT.
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|38 PTS, 11 REB, 2 BLK
15-22 FGs, 8-10 FTs
|31 PTS, 6 AST
13-25 FGs, 3-8 3Ps
|"Brook carried us in the first half and in the second half, Deron got hot. Sometimes it's not going to be everybody's night, and we've got to feed the hot hand. Brook and Deron had it going tonight."|