Hot-shooting Nets rout Mavericks

Reserve DeMarre Carroll matched a season-high with 22 points as the Brooklyn Nets took control late in the first quarter and coasted to a 127-88 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.Rookie Rodions Kurucs added 19 points and became the third rookie in franchise history to hit at least five 3-pointers. Caris LeVert was moved to the bench and added 18 while Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 16 in his third game back from a right thumb injury.D’Angelo Russell collected 13 points and 11 assists while Joe Harris chipped in 11 points as the Nets posted their most lopsided win since moving from New Jersey in 2012.The Nets halted their ugly three-game skid and won for the sixth time in their last 16 games by dominating all facets of a game in which they led for the final 40:35 and by double digits for the final 37:38. Brooklyn shot 56.5 percent, outrebounded Dallas 48-36, and outscored the Mavericks 56-22 in the paint.Dwight Powell paced Dallas with 20 points and rookie Luca Doncic added 16. Doncic shot 6 of 16 and Dallas shot 35.6 percent en route to its eighth loss in nine games and its most lopsided defeat of the season.Dirk Nowitzki heard loud cheers in pregame introductions and each time he touched the ball in possibly his final game in Brooklyn. He missed his first nine shots and finished with four points on 2-for-13 shooting.The Nets closed the first quarter with a 12-3 run over the last 3 1/3 minutes and took a 31-21 lead. Brooklyn took its first 20-point lead (56-36) on a 3-pointer by Dinwiddie with 5:16 left and carried a 65-47 lead into halftime.Dallas made a slight dent in the lead, getting within 79-63 on a dunk by Dorian Finney-Smith with 6:09 remaining. Brooklyn countered by outscoring Dallas 20-10 the rest of the quarter and took a 99-73 lead into the fourth.Brooklyn pushed the lead to 104-73 early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by LeVert and then extended the lead to 119-75 on a dunk by LeVert with about 7 1/2 minutes left. By then, the only suspense was whether Nowitzki would score, and he finally did by hitting a 19-footer with 3:51 remaining.Nowitzki drew loud cheers from the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation when he checked out with 1:42 left.