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Mavs edge C’s, 94-89

  • Brooklyn Nets's Paul Pierce, left, puts up a shot while Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brooklyn Nets's Paul Pierce, left, puts up a shot while Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Brooklyn Nets's Paul Pierce, left, puts up a shot while Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brooklyn Nets's Paul Pierce, left, puts up a shot while Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Brooklyn Nets's Deron Williams makes a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brooklyn Nets's Deron Williams makes a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Brooklyn Nets's Deron Williams makes a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brooklyn Nets's Deron Williams makes a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Phoenix Suns' Ish Smith, bottom, gets control of the ball while Brooklyn Nets's Andrei Kirilenko defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Phoenix Suns' Ish Smith, bottom, gets control of the ball while Brooklyn Nets's Andrei Kirilenko defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Phoenix Suns' Ish Smith, bottom, gets control of the ball while Brooklyn Nets's Andrei Kirilenko defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Phoenix Suns' Ish Smith, bottom, gets control of the ball while Brooklyn Nets's Andrei Kirilenko defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Brooklyn Nets's Mason Plumlee, right, passes around Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brooklyn Nets's Mason Plumlee, right, passes around Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Brooklyn Nets's Mason Plumlee, right, passes around Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Brooklyn Nets's Mason Plumlee, right, passes around Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Brooklyn Nets's Paul Pierce, left, puts up a shot while Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Brooklyn Nets's Paul Pierce, left, puts up a shot while Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Brooklyn Nets's Deron Williams makes a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Brooklyn Nets's Deron Williams makes a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Phoenix Suns' Ish Smith, bottom, gets control of the ball while Brooklyn Nets's Andrei Kirilenko defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Phoenix Suns' Ish Smith, bottom, gets control of the ball while Brooklyn Nets's Andrei Kirilenko defends during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Brooklyn Nets's Mason Plumlee, right, passes around Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Brooklyn Nets's Mason Plumlee, right, passes around Phoenix Suns' Miles Plumlee during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center Monday, March 17, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a 94-89 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

The Celtics trailed by double digits twice in the second half before getting within one in the final minute but couldn’t avoid an 0-15 finish on the road against the Western Conference.

The Mavericks followed their first win in more than two years over possible first-round playoff foe Oklahoma City by taking their third straight to get a season-high 14 games over .500.

Monta Ellis added 17 points for Dallas, and Devin Harris had 12.

Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and Kris Humphries matched a season high with 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost their fifth straight game and 12th in the past 15.

Nets 108, Suns 95 — Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night that extended their home winning streak to nine.

Williams shot 11 of 13 from the field and looks all the way back after ankle problems wrecked his first half of the season. He was two points off his season high and rose above the rim to throw down a dunk that finished off a fourth-quarter fast break started by Andrei Kirilenko’s steal.

Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, on their longest home winning streak since winning nine straight from March 15-April 6, 2006.

Playing without Kevin Garnett because of back spasms for the ninth straight game, the Nets continued to thrive playing small ball, making 67.5 percent of their shots in the first half and leading by as much as 23 in the game.

Garnett hasn’t played this month and will miss at least two more games.

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