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Down by 20, Nets Can't Quite Close the Gap
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Deron Williams opened and closed Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks playing like a motivated superstar, one the Mavericks openly coveted and the Nets paid handsomely to keep this past off-season. But as the final seconds ticked away in the Nets’ 98-90 loss at Barclays Center, the Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, was at least momentarily vindicated in his assertion that his team was better off without Williams.

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