Thornton comes off the bench to deliver a comeback against the Mavs

Marcus Thornton scored 20 for the Nets on Sunday including 11 in a big fourth quarter comeback. AP Photo.

Marcus Thornton scored 20 for the Nets on Sunday including 11 in a big fourth quarter comeback. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets trailed by as much as 14 points during this game, but they came back to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-104 in overtime behind 22 points from Joe Johnson. The Nets have now beaten the Mavericks three times this year and have swept the season series against them for the first time since 1999-00.

Johnson led the team with 22 and not only tied the game with 9.9 seconds to play, but scored six points in overtime as well. He got plenty of help as Marcus Thornton scored 20 points off the bench, Deron Williams and Paul Pierce each had 15 and Shaun Livingson had 12.

“We love giving the ball to Joe,” Jason Kidd said after the game. “Joe loves having the ball. … Joe has been doing that for us all season. That’s why he’s an All-Star and one of the best at what he does.”

This was quite the comeback as the Nets were ugly early on and fell behind 29-15 in the first quarter as they shot just 25 percent. They started to turn it around in the second when Thornton energized them with eight points off the bench. They still trailed by seven going into the fourth quarter when Thornton came up big again. This time he had 11 points on 3-of-5 from behind the arc to get the Nets back in it.

Johnson took over in overtime as he gave them a three-point lead with an early three, hit a step back jumper less than 30 seconds after that and hit a free throw with 10.8 seconds left to make it a two possession game.

Plumlee started his 12th game in a row in place of the injured Kevin Garnett. He had five points and six rebounds in 21 minutes. He gave Jose Calderon a big elbow to the face early in the game that kept Calderon out for the rest of the game. Andrei Kirilenko also did not finish this one as he came down awkwardly on his ankle in the second quarter.

The Nets have now won four in a row and 11 of their last 13. They play again on Monday night as they head to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans. They’ll also play in Charlotte on Wednesday before coming back to Brooklyn to face Cleveland on Friday. with a 37-31 record, they are fifth in the Eastern Conference and just 1.5 games behind Toronto for the Atlantic Division lead.

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