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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
After 3: Nets 79, Mavs 76

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- An ugly final 1:05 to the period ended an otherwise solid showing by the Mavs as they dug out of a 13-point hole to lead 74-71.

Then an and-1 by Brook Lopez (30 points), a couple turnovers and deep 3 by Anthony Morrow put the Nets back in front with 12 minutes to play.

Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood combined for 15 of the Mavs' 31 points in the quarter. Jason Terry hit a 3 for 10 points.

Defense is going to have to win it for Dallas. The Nets are shooting 49.2 percent with the Mavs at 39.2 percent despite the high-scoring quarter.