WHAT IT MEANS: “Just another game,” huh.
OK, D-Will. Whatever you say.
With Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sitting baseline, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams came home and put on a show, scoring 26 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Nets beat the Mavericks, 113-96, on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena.
Williams, who had just five first-half points on 2-for-7 shooting, could’ve been a Maverick. Maybe he would’ve been in Dallas had Cuban shown up to their free-agent meeting instead of filming “Shark Tank.” Cuban has said Dallas is better off without D-Will. It didn’t look that way on Wednesday night.
Brook Lopez added a season-high 38 points and 11 rebounds. In his past two games in Dallas, Lopez has scored 76 points.
The Nets (40-28) are 24-4 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played) and have kicked off their eight-game circus road trip with consecutive victories. It's the first time they've moved 12 games over .500 this season.
GLASSMAN: Reggie Evans notched his NBA-best sixth 20-plus rebound game of the season. He had 13 of his 22 boards in the first half.
SURGING AHEAD: Lopez (14 points) and Williams (13 points) had huge third quarters, and the Nets outscored the Mavericks 34-26 in the period to take an 85-77 lead into the fourth. Williams would go on to score Brooklyn’s first eight points in the final period.
COMING BACK: Behind 14 points from Andray Blatche on 6-for-6 shooting, the Nets outscored the Mavericks 29-19 in the second quarter to tie the game at 51.
FIRST UP: The Nets were outscored 32-22 in the first quarter. Lopez had 15 points, but the rest of the team combined to shoot just 3-for-15 from the field. The Mavericks shot 61.9 percent in the frame, and their zone defense confused the Nets.
UP NEXT: Nets at Clippers on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m.