- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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He always is.
Johnson made a layup with nine seconds left to send Sunday night’s game to overtime, then scored six more points in the extra session to lead the Nets to one of their best wins of the season, a 107-104 come-from-behind triumph over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Johnson finished with 22 points overall as the Nets won their fourth game in a row.
Jason Kidd, who turned 41 on Sunday, coached essentially a perfect game down the stretch. His return to Dallas, where he was drafted and won his only championship as a player, couldn’t have gone any better.
Monta Ellis missed a desperation 3-pointer that could’ve tied the game in the final seconds. Ellis had 32 points.
What it means: The Nets (37-31) stayed 1½ games back of the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division and moved within a half game of the idle Chicago Bulls for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
Marcus Thornton had 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Deron Williams, who grew up in the Dallas suburbs, hit a huge 3-pointer in OT. He had 15 points.
Brooklyn used an extended 20-3 run to turn a 13-point deficit into an 81-77 lead in the fourth.
The Nets held the Mavericks without a field goal for the final 4:14 of the fourth.
Brooklyn went just 5-for-20 from the field in the first quarter and trailed 29-15.
Andray Blatche failed to box him out twice late in the fourth -- fouling him both times -- which resulted in three made free throws. Kidd decided to go super small as a result, allowing Livingston to guard Nowitzki. It worked.
Andrei Kirilenko suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return.
Up next: The Nets complete a back-to-back on Monday night at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Arena. The Hornets just beat the Miami Heat. Another tough one on the road.
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