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Joe Johnson, Marcus Thornton push Nets past Mavericks

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The Brooklyn Nets edged the Dallas Mavericks, 107-104. Brooklyn (37-31) has now won four straight games.

Joe Johnson put up 22 points on 8-16 shooting from the field (2-4 from behind the arc) and 4-5 from the free throw line. Other key players for Brooklyn included Marcus Thornton with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Shaun Livingston with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Monta Ellis had another strong performance for Dallas despite the loss, scoring 32 points on 11-24 shooting (2-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-11 from the free throw line. Shawn Marion contributed 12 points and 6 rebounds, Vince Carter finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Devin Harris put up 11 points and 7 rebounds.

This drops Dallas (42-29) to 0-2 against Brooklyn on the year.

Coming up next, the Nets square off with the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 29-40 on the year. The Mavericks meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently 51-18 this season. The Nets have a 1-0 record against New Orleans this season. The Mavericks are 1-1 versus Oklahoma City this season.

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