Mavericks 105, Nets 99
DALLAS (AP) _ Derek Harper scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter Monday to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the New Jersey Nets, 105-99.
Adrian Dantley added 20 points in his debut as a Mavericks starter, and James Donaldson had 20 points and 22 rebounds.
Roy Hinson led the Nets with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
New Jersey trailed 81-71 entering the final period, and the Nets were never able to get closer than five the rest of the way.
The Mavericks surged to a 58-39 advantage with 4:19 left in the second period, but made only two of their last 10 shots in the quarter as the Nets went on a 13-1 run to narrow the deficit to 59-52 at the intermission.
Donaldson, who had missed six straight games with a groin pull, had 13 points and 13 rebounds by halftime.
The Mavericks were without starting power forward Sam Perkins, out with the flu.
Donaldson was dominant after his layoff, tying his career bests for defensive rebounds (17) and total rebounds (22).
″I got pretty fatigued in the fourth quarter,″ Donaldson said. ″But I tried to keep pushing. It’s all hard work. Being active, tipping the ball.″
Dantley is not yet comfortable with the Mavericks’ offense after seven games with his new team. Dantley came to Dallas in a trade with the Detroit Pistons for Mark Aguirre, reporting to the Mavericks on Feb. 23.
″I’m still real hesitant,″ Dantley said. ″I’m still thinking instead of reacting. I’m not feeling the same way I did in Detroit. It’s going to take a while.″
The Mavericks won the game on the free throw line, hitting 32-of-43 foul shots to 9-of-14 for the Nets.
″The fouls really hurt us,″ said Nets coach Willis Reed. ″In the first half they had 17 foul shots to our four. I’ve been in the league long enough to know that the home team is going to get the benefit of the doubt.″