Nowitzki, Barea lift Dallas to victory
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.
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.