The Nets (37-31) defeated the Mavericks (42-29) 107-104 in overtime.
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Marcus Thornton had a strong shooting night off the bench again, with a 20-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting. He also added seven rebounds and an assist.
Samuel Dalembert had 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots for Dallas, taking advantage of Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche getting in some foul trouble.
Monta Ellis scored a game-high 32 points for the Mavericks, who also got a combined 23 points off the bench from ex-Nets Vince Carter and Devin Harris.
Shaun Livingston had a strong all-around game, with 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and an assist in 34 minutes for Brooklyn.
Deron Williams had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Jon Presser, ContributorThe Nets dug themselves an early hole, as they shot just 25.0% from the field in a 15-point first quarter, and the Mavs jumped out to a 29-15 lead after 50% shooting in the period. Brooklyn rallied in the second quarter to make it a seven-point game at halftime, and it was a battle of runs the rest of the way.
Dallas went on a 9-2 run to start the third quarter to extend their lead, but the Nets were able to get it back to a seven-point game by the end of the third. A pair of Marcus Thornton threes to start the fourth suddenly made it a one-point game again.
An extended 14-0 run spanning the third quarter and fourth quarters helped give the Nets a 73-72 lead, their first lead since early in the first quarter. It was a nail-biter the rest of the way, as neither team could put the dagger in one another in regulation.
The Nets came out strong in overtime, as they took their largest lead all night in the extra period, and they held on for an impressive comeback victory on the road.
The Nets will be back in action tomorrow night, when they play the second game of a back-to-back in New Orleans against the Pelicans. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.