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Now with a chance to contribute, Teletovic is coming up big for the Nets.
“Confidence is very important. With the confidence it’s so much easier to make shots, to move around, to play and do anything on the court,” said Teletovic, who shot 12 for 18 from the field including 7 of 11 beyond the 3-point arc.
“I think it’s very important to have patience and wait for your moment. You have to be ready when your name is called. If you’re not ready, you can’t do anything.”
The Nets improved to an NBA best 9-1 in January.
“I think just the opportunity for him playing, but also his work ethic,” coach Jason Kidd said. “He just doesn’t show up on game day shooting. He’s been working extremely hard at this game. I think also, a big credit goes to his teammates because they believe in him. As much as coaches believe in him, his teammates in that locker room believe that he’s going to do the right thing when he has the ball.”
Former Net Vince Carter had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points for the Mavs, who lost their second straight game.
Dallas then mounted a late rally, going on an 11-5 run to close in within two points with 8.1 seconds left in the game.
The Mavs cut the lead down to 103-100 after Donta Ellis made a layup and Brooklyn was able to quickly increase it to 105-100 after Ellis sent Pierce to the free throw line for a pair of successful shots. Shawn Marion managed to bring Dallas within three points after two free throws with 10.8 left to make it 105-102.
Nowitzki then got fouled by Pierce. He hit the first free throw that made it 105-103 but missed the second attempt. Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko each hit a pair of free throws to make it a 107-103 game before Ellis hit a 3-point before time expired.
Brooklyn forced 15 turnovers and scored 23 points off of them.
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