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Nets falls to Mavericks on Spencer Dinwiddie buzzer-beater

Spencer Dinwiddie made his mark in the NBA by hitting hard clutch shots for the Nets. On Wednesday, he came back to bite his former team with a game-winning shot.

With time running out, the Mavericks’ point guard hit a 3-pointer to hand the Nets a painful 113-111 loss at Barclays Center.

After the shot, Dinwiddie was mobbed by his Mavericks teammates as he ran up the side of the pitch and celebrated in front of the fans on the pitch who were once cheering for him.

Luka Doncic had a game high for Dallas with 37 points, but Dinwiddie stole the show with 22 points – and the winner – in his first game in Brooklyn as a Maverick.

“He’s just a really good all-around player. He can play transition and pick-and-roll,” Nets coach Steve Nash said of Dinwddie. “He can shoot and he’s an athletic player who can defend, so I think he adds a lot to their team. IQ piece, size and athletics on the wing at guard point so a great addition for them.

The Nets remained 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the sixth and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after the Cavaliers lost at home to the 76ers. But the Nets fell three games ahead of Toronto in seventh place until the Raptors’ game at the Clippers later Wednesday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie #26 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates
Spencer Dinwiddie’s last-second shot sank his former team.
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The Nets missed Kyrie Irving on Wednesday.

Irving had a 50-point outing in Charlotte last week and hit a Nets-record 60 in Orlando on Tuesday night. But his refusal to comply with the city’s private-sector COVID-19 vaccine mandates prevents him from staying home to play. He is only allowed to play three more games this regular season.

The Mavericks decided to double up Kevin Durant every time he got the ball over half court and it worked.

Durant, who had 53 points against the Knicks in the Nets’ last home game on Sunday, had to work hard for every shot and became a playmaker. He had 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7)
Kevin Durant was kept in check against the Mavericks, stopping on 23 points in the Nets’ loss.
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Patty Mills’ 3-pointer gave the Nets a 102-96 lead, 6-12. But Dallas scored eight unanswered points, topped by Maxi Kleber’s free throws to leave the Nets 104-102 and 3:08 to go.

Goran Dragic stopped the tide with a hook shot. And after Dallas was back in front, Bruce Brown found Nic Claxton for a game-changing dunk.

Two free throws from Dorian Finney-Smith got Dallas back up, and when Durant missed a 15-foot jump, the Mavericks had a chance to open up some daylight. But the Nets forced a rare miss from Doncic, and Claxton struggled to land a Durant miss, posting a 108-108 score.

Doncic solved it with a hard turnaround fadeaway, taking Dallas to 110-108 with just 22.7 seconds left. Durant came through with a 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left, but Dinwiddie shook one home to outsmart him.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/16/nets-falls-to-mavericks-on-spencer-dinwiddie-buzzer-beater/ Nets falls to Mavericks on Spencer Dinwiddie buzzer-beater

JOE HERNANDEZ

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