Nets beat Mavs 102-99, 5th consecutive loss to Dallas at home


DALLAS – James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets are at risk of losing back-to-back for the first time this season, trailing Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks by 17 points in the third quarter after taking a double-digit lead over Chicago.

Eastern Conference leaders responded during Harden’s “go” this time.

Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Harden had 23 points and 12 assists, and the Nets beat Dallas 102-99 on Tuesday night, giving the Mavericks a fifth straight loss at home.

“We’ve been in this tournament long enough to know that it’s winning time. The time has come,” said Harden, who also had nine rebounds. “During the game, I felt like we had good shots. We just missed them. We just keep sticking with it and keep sticking with it. You have to keep spinning, especially if that’s what you do. “

The Mavericks keep shooting – and go missing.

Luka Doncic scored 28 points but had another difficult night from the 3-point range alongside his teammates, with the exception of the young sensation Shot from 30 yards right before the first half. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 12 rebounds.


Harden easily beat Doncic one-on-one in a head-to-head bout and Brooklyn’s top lead 100-97 with the remaining score at 1:23. The Nets didn’t take the lead until the middle of the fourth quarter.

Dallas failed to make a shot after Doncic’s short jump 3:51 went ahead and finished 9 of 46 (19.6%) from long range. Tim Hardaway Jr missed all seven deep words, including an open look that popped out behind the rim with the horn.

Dallas coach Jason Kidd said: “We had a lot of open eyes there in the fourth quarter but not going down. “And then Timmy has an open mind. You couldn’t ask for a better look to end the game. “

The Nets followed 11 as they entered the fourth quarter before beating Dallas 27-13. Durant, who took five of six shots and scored 11 in the final inning, and Patty Mills hit three in a row to cut a nine-point deficit to three early in the fourth inning. Mills scored 10 points.


“It’s a character victory when you just want to make the right plays to get back into the game and you want to give momentum to your side,” said Durant, who is 10 out of 22 from the field and has been seven times. rebounds, said. “I think we did it tonight.”

Nic Claxton missed two free throws with Brooklyn leading three with 20 seconds left, but Doncic missed from outside the arc before Hardaway missed. Doncic is 3 out of 11 from the depth.

The Mavericks (11-12) fell below .500 for the first time since being blown away by Atlanta in the opening game despite the return of both Doncic and Porzingis. Both missed the loss to Memphis, the first time that has happened this season.

In three games since setting a franchise record by scoring 68.7% in a 32-point win at New Orleans, Dallas is on 38%.

Jalen Brunson, who scored 10 in the 4/8 shot, said: “The missed photos have been our story ever since. “But we are getting the look. We are working on it. We just had to translate it to the game. “



Nets: James Johnson has 12 points shooting 5/7 games against his former team. Johnson started the 2020-21 season in Dallas before moving to New Orleans. He signed with Brooklyn as a free agent. … LaMarcus Aldridge, playing at home, has 15 points.

Mavericks: Doncic was called up for a technical foul after he shoved Claxton in front of an official in the third round. Doncic seemed to think Claxton was focusing on him after the whistle. Doncic tried to show his displeasure by sitting in an empty chair by the side of the field as Durant went to the other end to take the free throw he had taken. … Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 points and was the only Dallas player to continuously hit 3s, making it 4/9.


Hardaway is joined by Reggie Bullock into the oh-fer genre for Dallas from beyond the arc, who is brought in as a freelance agent to try to help Doncic by a threat from the depths. A career long-range shooter hitting 39% this season, Bullock is at 26% after missing all six attempts against the Nets.



Nets: The second game of the four-game trip is back in Houston on Wednesday. Harden visited his former team in March of last season, less than two months after being forced to barter with the Nets. He scored 29 points in a 132-114 win in Brooklyn.

Mavericks: Their second comeback in five days is Wednesday. Memphis is the opponent, like Saturday’s 97-90 loss.


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