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The New Jersey Nets will have to wait a little while longer to eclipse their win total from last season after falling Saturday night to the Dallas Mavericks 87-86 at the Prudential Center. Hanging tough with Dallas all game long, it took a Dirk Nowitzki jumper in the final seconds to put an end to the Nets modest two-game winning streak.
New Jersey is now 5-2 when owner Mikhail Prokhorov is attendance.
Brook Lopez continued to pace the Nets offensive attack with 24 points in just 28 minutes and Devin Harris was the only other player in double figures for the Nets with 15. Harris, however, missed a crucial free throw in the final minute that would have given New Jersey a three point lead and turned out to be the difference in the game.
Nowitzki shot just 7-for-24 from the field, but still led the team with 23 points including the game-winning jumper over Stephen Graham. Tyson Chandler scored 19 points while Jason Terry added 11 off the bench.
After trading leads throughout the game, the Mavs looked like they were getting ready to put the game away after Chandler's tip at 4:43 put Dallas up seven points. However, the Nets answered with an 11-2 run to turn a deficit into a two point lead. After Chandler split a pair of free throws and Harris missed a was off on a 15-footer that he felt he was fouled on, the stage was set for Nowitzki's heroics.
New Jersey's scripted play for Brook Lopez with 6 seconds remaining never materialized thanks to Dallas' defense forcing a tough in bounds pass and Jordan Farmar's desperation three at the buzzer was well short.
The Nets will get a day off before the Cleveland Cavaliers come to Newark on Monday night.
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Most people view the number 13 as unlucky, but don't count anyone on the New Jersey Nets among that group. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov put it pretty simply in his New York Times Sunday Magazine profile. "As soon as we have the 13th victory, we can relax," the Russian billionaire said. On Saturday night in Newark against the Dallas Mavericks, the Nets will have the chance to pick up win No. 13 and eclipse last season's total. Prokhorov will watch the game from his luxury box for the third straight game.
After two-straight wins to open up a five game homestand, New Jersey will welcome back one of the best players to ever suit up for the franchise in Jason Kidd.
Kidd's Mavericks opened the season 24-5, but have gone just 3-10 since Dirk Nowitzki went down with a sprained knee back on December 27. Their latest setback, and seventh in eight games, was an 82-77 loss to the Chicago Bulls. In his third game back from the injury, Nowitzki led the Mavs with 19 points and four assists.
The Nets will look to carry over their momentum from two straight victories since Prokhorov announced that New Jersey would no longer be pursuing Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. A third consecutive victory would be the Nets longest winning streak since they won four in a row back in February of 2009.
On Friday night, New Jersey took down the Detroit Pistons 89-74 with their best defensive performance of the season. Brook Lopez paced the Nets with 15 points while Kris Humphries added 11 and Anthony Morrow scored 10 in his first game back from a hamstring injury in limited minutes off the bench.
There hasn't been much drama in recent history between these two teams. The Nets have dropped four straight and five of its past six against the Mavericks, including a 102-89 loss on December 9 in Dallas.