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Lopez, Williams lead Nets past Mavericks 113-96

Thursday - 3/21/2013, 12:17am  ET

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) drives against Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) as Mavericks' Mike James (13) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- Brook Lopez is just like Deron Williams. He enjoys visiting Dallas, too.

Lopez scored 38 points and Williams had 31 in his first visit since spurning his hometown team in free agency, leading the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 113-96 on Wednesday night.

Williams scored 26 in the second half, repeatedly hitting shots and occasionally assisting on baskets by Lopez to prevent a Dallas rally in the fourth quarter.

Lopez matched the 38 points he scored in one of the five games he played last season, when the Nets snapped a 12-game losing streak in Dallas. Both times, he finished one point shy of his career high from two years ago against Detroit.

"The team played well in both games," Lopez said with a laugh. "I think that's the correlation. It just depends on who's hot. We have so many options on this team."

Williams and Lopez combined for a defining play midway through a fourth quarter full of big shots from both teams when Lopez blocked a shot and Williams hit a fadeaway jumper on the baseline after dribbling the length of the court. Williams ran to his bench with a big smile after Dallas called timeout trailing 97-88.

The Mavericks, who pulled within three twice during a back-and-forth quarter, got no closer than six after that.

"When you're feeling good and feel like you can't miss, it's a good feeling," said Williams, who shot 11 of 18 in the second half at one of his favorite arenas. "I looked over at my bench and saw the excitement. It's a big win for us. It's a big win no matter what."

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 16 points and had a team-high six rebounds compared to 22 boards for Reggie Evans of the Nets, who outrebounded the Mavericks 45-34.

The Nets improved to 2-0 on a season-high, eight-game road trip that now makes five straight stops out West. Brooklyn is two road wins shy of the franchise record of 20.

The Mavericks, who fell 3
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