The ball skidded off Mirza Teletovic’s knee and seemingly toward the out of bounds line during Friday night’s second quarter. But in one swift motion, Teletovic gathered it and dished it to teammate Jason Terry for an easy three-pointer.

That’s the way things have been going for the Nets in January. It’s the way things went for Teletovic in the second quarter. Neither could do any wrong.

The Nets beat the Dallas Mavericks, 107-106, at Barclays Center led by a career-high 34 points from Teletovic, including 24 in the second quarter. It was the Nets’ fourth straight win and seventh in a row at home as they improved to an NBA-best 9-1 in January.

“Mirza carried us,” forward Kevin Garnett said. “He gave us a different spark … and we’re all excited for him.”

Teletovic’s second quarter was remarkable, considering only two other Nets in the past 10 seasons have scored 24 or more in a quarter: Joe Johnson and Vince Carter.
Carter, the former Nets star, had a team-high 19 points to lead the Mavericks, who made a late push. Despite the close margin, however, Dallas never attempted a game-tying shot in the final minutes. The Mavs couldn’t overcome the damage Teletovic inflicted in the second quarter.

Teletovic’s emergence is just another strange twist in a season full of them for Brooklyn (19-22). The 28-year-old from Bosnia was a standout in Europe. Last season, his first in the NBA, Teletovic was a Nets’ benchwarmer. And for most of November, he played sparingly.

That wasn’t easy for Teletovic.

“He’s been one of the top players in Europe for a long time,” Nets guard Deron Williams said. “[Not playing] was a hit to his ego — he felt like he could contribute and he didn’t really get that opportunity. Now that he is, he’s making the most of it.”

As the Nets nosedived in November, coach Jason Kidd began to call on Teletovic. What he did during Friday’s second quarter shows just what he’s capable of.