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Friday, January 24, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets 107, Mavs 106

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- There was a basketball game 10 miles south of Madison Square Garden.

And those who didn’t watch Carmelo Anthony’s franchise-record breaking 62-point performance did get to see the Brooklyn Nets continue their hot streak, as they fended off the Dallas Mavericks, 107-106, for their fourth consecutive victory Friday night at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn (19-22) is 9-1 since the start of 2014 (no ties from coach Jason Kidd).

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets, once 5-14 and 10-21, reached the midway point of the season -- and they’re playing much better basketball. They are now 7-0 when starting Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Mirza Teletovic led the way with a career-high 34 points and seven 3-pointers. The Nets shot 50.7 percent from the field, while limiting Dirk Nowitzki to 18 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

Johnson had just five points. The Nets, who can go 10 deep now, didn’t need him.

The Nets nearly blew an 11-point lead with 4:35 left. Kidd decided to have Pierce foul Nowitzki when it was 105-102 with seven seconds remaining. Nowitzki made the first free throw, but the Mavericks couldn’t corral the second.

MT3(S): Teletovic had the second-best quarter of any Net this season (Johnson scored 29 against Philadelphia). He started off the second by scoring 11 straight points, and had tied his career-high (19) in just over six minutes.

Teletovic ended the quarter with a career-high 24 points on 9-for-11 from the field, 6-for-7 from 3-point range. He made his first seven shots in the second. The NBA record for 3s in a quarter is eight (Johnson and Michael Redd).

Fueled by Teletovic, the Nets shot 76.2 percent in second period (16-for-21). They shot just 40 percent in the first (1-for-9 3-point range).

D-WILL: Deron Williams came off the bench for a third straight game and was moving really well. He finished with 18 points -- 14 in the second half -- and 11 assists in 35 minutes. It was his team-best fifth double-double of the season.

KG: Garnett hit his first five shots and finished with his second double-double of the season (10 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes).

UP NEXT: The Nets practice Saturday and then KG and Pierce make their emotional return to Boston Sunday night.