Now­itzki, Barea lift Dal­las to vic­tory

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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 Din­wid- die 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 head- ing into the fourth.

Tip-ins

Mav­er­icks: Carlisle dis­cussed Yogi Ferrell’s im­pact since sign­ing with Dal­las. “We were all banged up. We had a lot of guys out. We des­per­ately needed a guy that could play the po­si­tion and hold the fort. I wasn’t sure he was go­ing to be a starter right away, but the way we were struc­tured at the time it seemed like the best way to go. He started the first game, did a lot of good things and had a re­ally ter­rific first cou­ple of weeks. Now, we’re at a point where he’s pretty much held that po­si­tion and he’s done a lot of good things.”

Ferrell had eight points.

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