NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie made a 3-pointer at the buzzer against his former team, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 113-111 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
Dinwiddie hit the game-winning field goal with nine seconds left in Boston on Sunday and got back into the clutch after Kevin Durant gave the Nets a one-point lead with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.
The Mavericks took time and Luka Doncic brought the ball back before the Mavericks handed it to Dinwiddie, who pinned the jumper on the right side, just in front of the Brooklyn bench. He then ran across the pitch to the other touchline to celebrate.
Doncic finished with 37 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Mavericks’ eighth victory in nine games. Dinwiddie scored 22 points, 15 in the fourth quarter.
Durant had 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, but Brooklyn lost its four-game winning streak. Goran Dragic scored a season-high 21 points and Bruce Brown 17.
A night after a 150-108 romp in Orlando, when Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 60 points, the Nets were looking for the offense with the guard unable to play due to New York’s coronavirus vaccine mandate. The Mavs often sent in second and even third fielders to force Durant off the ball.
He beat that by getting up early for the 3-pointer that gave Brooklyn the lead, but Dinwiddie again came in late for the Mavs.
Durant’s field goal to open the fourth quarter gave Brooklyn a 93-79 lead. But the Nets had just one field goal in the next four minutes and a 15-2 run from Dallas cut it to one on Dinwiddie’s 3-pointer with 7:53 remaining.
The Nets took a six-half lead before the Mavs scored eight in a row to take a 104-102 lead on Maxi Kleber’s free throws with 3:08 left.
Mavericks: Coach Jason Kidd said he hopes F Marquese Chriss (sore right knee) can play Friday or Saturday. … With Reggie Bullock (personal reasons) again, the Mavs stuck with a three-guard roster with Doncic, Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson. Brunson scored 18 points.
Nets: Seth Curry (left ankle) missed his third straight game, but coach Steve Nash said he expected the keeper to play Friday against Portland. … Nash thought C LaMarcus Aldridge (right hip) probably wouldn’t be evaluated again until next week.
The game featured the two reigning NBA Players of the Week. Durant won the Eastern Conference award on Monday and Doncic brought it home to the West for the second time in three weeks.
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Tuesday’s 150 points were the second-most by the Nets in an NBA game, behind only their 161-157 double-overtime loss to Phoenix on Dec. 7, 2006, when Nash and Kidd faced off as the point guards. Nash scored 42 points, while Kidd carried the Nets with 38 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists,
When asked what he remembered about the game, Nash joked, “Back then, I used to lock people up. Just keep the best guys secret.
Mavericks: Visit Philadelphia on Friday.
Nets: Host Portland on Friday.
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