Nets fall to Mavs as Deron struggles against former team

Nets fall to Mavs as Deron struggles against former team
Deron Williams faces his former team but can only score 8 points.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Deron Williams faces his former team but can only score 8 points.

DALLAS (AP) — Chandler Parsons had 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds while Deron Williams struggled in his first game against his former team and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 91-79 Friday night.

Parsons led the Mavericks in scoring for the fifth time in six games and is averaging 24 points during that span. He appears close to a full recovery from offseason right knee surgery.

Williams, who sat out a visit to Brooklyn in December with a left hamstring strain, scored eight points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Brook Lopez scored 28 points to lead the Nets, who had a four-game winning streak in Dallas snapped. Brooklyn is 3-12 in January with one game remaining in the month, which included the firing of coach Lionel Hollins.

Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points, eight rebounds and a season-high four blocks, and the Mavericks built an 18-point lead in the first half and didn’t let the Nets get closer than seven in the second half.

Dallas center Zaza Pachulia matched a career high with his 21st double-double in his return after missing three games with a sore right Achilles tendon.

Pachulia had 16 points and 12 rebounds, but his highlight might have been going to the floor for a loose ball and passing to Justin Anderson as he rolled over after Lopez blocked a driving layup by Parsons. Anderson found Parsons in the corner for a 3-pointer over Lopez.

Chandler Parsons celebrates sinking a three.Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports

Chandler Parsons celebrates sinking a three.

Williams said after the morning shootaround that he wasn’t planning to treat this game any differently, but betrayed his words once he was on the floor against the team that bought out his max contract after three disappointing, injury-plagued seasons.

The former Dallas-area high schooler seemed anxious in the first quarter, forcing shots and at times keeping the ball too long. Williams matched his season average for attempts in the first half, going 3 of 11 with eight points and two assists. He finished with a game-high six assists.

In the second quarter, J.J. Barea hit a pair of 3-pointers for six of his 13 points. He was 3 of 3 from long range.

Parsons had a 3 for the first 18-point Dallas lead at 40-22, and Barea pushed the margin back to that after a three-point play from Lopez.

The Brooklyn bench scored just two points — a jumper early in the fourth quarter by Andrea Bargnani — while all five starters finished in double figures. Joe Johnson and Donald Sloan scored 13 apiece.

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