Originally posted on CBS New York:
Updated at 12:45 a.m., March 2, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — After blowing a 25-point lead two nights earlier, the Dallas Mavericks seemed like they were on their way to another collapse.
Trailing by 20 with 8:23 remaining, Brooklyn stormed back to get within four points with 37 seconds remaining.
But the Mavericks dodged a repeat of Wednesday night’s loss at Memphis, closing out the Nets for a 98-90 victory on Friday night behind 20 points apiece from Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter.
“We played a lot more good minutes than we played in Memphis for sure. It’s hard to play a perfect 48 minutes in this league, I’ll admit that,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
“But we took advantage of our runs. We were able to stave them off a few times. We had some guys step up and hit some big shots. Vince hit one…
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