NEW YORK – Small forward DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points to emerge as the best scorer for the Brooklyn Nets, which beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-88, breaking a streak of three defeats on Monday.
Along with Carroll, rookie small forward Rodions Kurucs scored 19 points, including five triples, six defensive rebounds, and ended up being the second highest scorer for his team.
The victory by a margin of 39 points is the largest they have had on their home turf and tied their best total since they changed their headquarters from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2010.
The win also allows the Nets to get a 33-33 mark and occupy sixth place in the Eastern Conference, giving them the chance to play in the playoffs if they end up in the same position when the regular season ends.
Power forward Dwight Powell scored 20 points as the lead scorer of the Mavericks (27-36), which have already been eliminated from the final phase after losing seven of the last eight games played.
Luka Doncic failed to save the Mavericks this time because as the rest of the team played more, he scored just 16 points after managing six of 16 field shots, including three of seven triples and one of four from the free throw line.
Doncic captured six rebounds – five defensive – gave an assist, recovered a ball, lost another two, put two blocks and committed a foul.
Veteran power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who may have played his last game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, failed the first nine field shots he made and ended the match with just four points and four defensive rebounds.