The Brooklyn Nets (37-31) defeated the Dallas Mavericks (42-29) 107-104 in an overtime thriller on Sunday night to capture a fourth straight win.
According to Nets PR (via Bleacher Report's Howard Beck), the Nets have won 11 of their last 13 games and are a league-best 27-10 since Jan. 1.
After trailing by as many as 14 points, the Nets stormed back in the fourth quarter behind the hot shooting of Marcus Thornton, who totaled 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting (4-of-7 from three) and seven rebounds off the bench.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting and scored a game-tying layup with 9.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. He also scored six of the Nets' 16 points in the extra session.
Monta Ellis led all scorers with 32 points on 11-of-24 shooting and nailed both of his three-pointers in overtime as the Mavericks nearly clawed back to tie things up in the game's waning seconds. However, Ellis' final three-point attempt was off the mark as the final buzzer sounded.
Dirk Nowitzki managed just 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds.
Samuel Dalembert was tremendous in 35 minutes, recording a double-double consisting of 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds to complement a game-high seven blocks.
Next up for the Mavericks is a showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday while the Nets are set to square off against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.