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Brooklyn Nets Squeak Out Victory Over Dallas Mavericks

January 25th, 2014 at 1:55 PM
By Martin Mihaly

'Dirk Nowitzki' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

On a night where Jason Kidd was coaching against one of his mentors for the first time, Mirza Teletovic was the star of the night.  The second year power forward led Brooklyn with 34 points on the night.

At the end of the first quarter, Brooklyn trailed 21-18.  Then came the second quarter where Teletovic simply went off.

His first three-pointer in the quarter tied the game at 23.  Through the first six minutes of the quarter, Teletovic tallied 19 of the Nets 23 points.  He finished the quarter with 24 points, already breaking his previous career-high of 19 points.  For the game, he scored 34 points, made 12 of 18 shots including seven of 11 from three-point range and grabbed six boards.  In the second quarter Brooklyn outscored Dallas 39-25.  

"I think also, a big credit goes to his teammates because they believe in him," said Kidd.

Teletovic's performance more than offset a poor night from Joe Johnson.  Johnson struggled mightily finishing with just five points on one of five shooting, five fouls and four turnovers in 29 minutes of action.  Paul Pierce was the leading scorer amongst the starters with 12 points.

Kevin Garnett was terrific in just 20 minutes.  The veteran forward finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds on the night.

Deron Williams continued to come off the bench and played very well for Jason Kidd's ballclub.  He scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists.  

Coming into the game, Brooklyn's biggest concern defensively was in their ability to slow down Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki.  Ellis had a good game with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on five of 11 shooting.

Nowitzki struggled as he made just five of his 15 shots and scored 18 points.  Brooklyn was able to slow him down by sending constant double teams whenever he touched the ball.  They also sent a variety of players onto him defensively.

Dallas was able to keep the game close.  However, as they trailed 105-102 with just a few seconds left on the clock, the Mavericks had presumably set up a play for a three-point try to tie the game.  As soon as Nowitzki received the inbounds pass, he was fouled by Paul Pierce.  Nowitzki made the first free throw and then intentionally missed the second but neither he nor his teammates could secure the offensive rebound.  Andrei Kirilenko came away with it and then sealed the victory by making two free throws.  Brooklyn won 107-106 as Ellis made a late three.  

Next up, the steaming hot Nets who have won nine of their last 10 games, head to Boston for a Sunday evening matchup with the Celtics. 

 

Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Mirza Teletovic, NBA, Paul Pierce

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