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                === Lopez, Williams lead Nets past Mavericks ===
 
 Dallas,  TX  (Sports Network) -  Brook Lopez couldn't  be stopped down low and
 Deron  Williams stepped up in the second half, as the Brooklyn Nets downed the
 Dallas Mavericks, 113-96, at American Airlines Center.
 
 Lopez scored a season-high 38 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Williams
 scored  26 of his 31 points after the break in helping the Nets improve to 2-0
 on their eight-game road trip.
 
 Brooklyn won the battle on the glass by a 45-34 margin thanks in large part to
 Reggie Evans cleaning up 22 boards in a winning effort.
 
 Dirk  Nowitzki and Chris Kaman led Dallas with 16 and 14 points, respectively,
 as the Mavs opened their six-game homestand on a sour note.
 
 "Our defense wasn't good enough," Nowitzki said.
 
 Lopez  and Williams combined to outscore the Mavs, 27-26, in the third quarter
 by themselves, and the Nets took an 85-77 lead into the fourth.
 
 Quiet  for most  of the  night, Joe  Johnson drained  a critical  3-pointer to
 extended  Brooklyn's  lead to  106-96 with under  three minutes remaining, and
 Williams  connected from long range the next time down to essentially seal the
 win.
 
 "I'm  not  saying that's as  good as we  can play, but  that's one of our best
 games  obviously all year,"  Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "It's a hell of a
 win for us."
 
 Lopez  scored  15 points  in the  first quarter alone,  but the Mavs' balanced
 attack had them in front, 32-22, heading to the second.
 
 Brooklyn  quickly pulled  even as Andray Blatche and Keith Bogans combined for
 12  points during a  14-4 run to open the second quarter, and it remained tied
 going into halftime, 51-51.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Mavs shot 50 percent from the field, falling for just the third time in 19
 games  this  season when doing  so ...  The road team  has taken the last four
 meetings  in the series  ... Blatche had 14 points for the Nets, who scored 18
 more points in the paint (52-34).
 
 
 03/21 01:44:22 ET