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Lopez's 38 Carries Nets to Big Win in Big D, First Since 2000

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Feb 28, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (11) celebrates after scoring in the second quarter against Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) at American Airlines Center.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 28, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (11) celebrates after scoring in the second quarter against Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

In just his third game of the season on Tuesday, Brook Lopez led the Nets to their third straight road win and their first win in Dallas in 12 years.

The Nets led by 11 at the half and went up 13 early in the third, but a 15-2 Mavs run tied the game midway through the period. The Mavs took a brief lead late in the third, but the Nets responded and built another double-digit lead in the fourth. Dallas got back to within two and then took the lead on Jason Kidd's first basket of the night, a three with 49 seconds left in the game.

The Nets then went to Lopez, who drew a foul and put them up 93-92 with a pair of free throws. After Kidd missed another three, Jason Terry stole the ball from Anthony Morrow. The Mavs called a timeout with 17.9 seconds left, but Kris Humphries kept Dirk Nowitzki from getting a shot off and DeShawn Stevenson forced Kidd into a desperation three that fell short, giving the Nets the one-point win.

Lopez finished with 38 points, one shy of his career high. He shot 17-for-28 and grabbed six rebounds in 36 minutes. Four other Nets were in double figures, including Deron Williams, who had 12 points and 12 assists, but shot just 3-for-15. Gerald Green scored 10 points in his Nets debut, shooting 4-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range.