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After Nowitzki shot an airball on a fadeway, Johnson drove for a layup and a 91-all tie. Ellis missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation.

Sam Dalembert had season highs of 15 rebounds and seven blocks, and he had two huge plays that weren’t rebounds when he was fouled trying to get the ball and made three of four free throws in the last 1:11. Dalembert scored 12 points.

The Mavericks led by 14 after the first quarter and again midway through the third before the Nets made a charge with a 14-0 run to a 73-72 lead on two free throws from Williams. Thornton had consecutive 3-pointers to get Brooklyn within a point.

“We just had too many lapses tonight,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “A lot of them were on innocent plays when we had a lead, but, you know, in a one-possession game, those things come back to you.”

Devin Harris, who was traded to the Nets when Kidd returned to Dallas in 2008, came off the bench much earlier than usual after Jose Calderon was knocked out of the game just 45 seconds in by an inadvertent elbow to the face from Mason Plumlee.

Calderon didn’t return, and Carlisle said his status is uncertain.

Harris hit three 3-pointers in the first 6 minutes and led the Mavericks with nine points in the first half. He finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a season-high 40 minutes.

NOTES: Nets F Andrei Kirilenko left in the first half with a mild left ankle sprain and didn’t return. … The Mavericks showed a clever “Shawn Marion training video” making light of an unconventional shooting style where he short-arms the ball with his right hand. Marion was laughing when he came off the bench after the timeout. … Nets F Mirza Teletovic had nine points after getting a career-high 34 in 107-106 win at Brooklyn in late January.