By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) — James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets had been at risk of back-to-back losses for the primary time this season, trailing Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks by 17 factors within the third quarter after blowing a double-digit lead in opposition to Chicago.
The Eastern Conference leaders responded throughout Harden’s “go” time this time.
Kevin Durant scored 24 factors, Harden had 23 factors and 12 assists, and the Nets beat Dallas 102-99 on Tuesday evening, handing the Mavericks their fifth consecutive dwelling loss.
“We’ve been on this league lengthy sufficient to comprehend it’s successful time. It’s go time,” stated Harden, who additionally had 9 rebounds. “Throughout the course of the game, I really feel like we obtained good pictures. We simply missed them. We simply saved sticking with it and saved sticking with it. You’ve obtained to simply hold capturing, particularly if that’s what you do.”
The Mavericks hold capturing — and lacking.
Luka Doncic scored 28 factors however had one other tough evening from 3-point vary alongside along with his teammates, aside from the younger sensation’s 30-foot banked shot simply earlier than the first-half buzzer. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 factors and 12 rebounds.
Harden simply beat Doncic one-on-one for a layup and Brooklyn’s greatest lead at 100-97 with 1:23 remaining. The Nets didn’t take their first lead till the center of the fourth quarter.
Dallas did not make a basket after Doncic’s brief jumper with 3:51 to go and completed 9 of 46 (19.6%) from lengthy vary. Tim Hardaway Jr. missed all seven from deep, together with an open look that bounced off the again of the rim on the buzzer.
“We had a variety of open seems there within the fourth quarter that simply didn’t go down,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd stated. “And then Timmy has a wide-open look. You couldn’t ask for a greater look to tie up the game.”
The Nets trailed by 11 coming into the fourth quarter earlier than outscoring Dallas 27-13. Durant, who made 5 of 6 pictures and scored 11 factors within the closing quarter, and Patty Mills hit consecutive 3s to chop a nine-point deficit to 3 early within the fourth. Mills scored 10 factors.
“It’s a personality win the place you simply need to make the best performs to get again within the game and also you need to flip the momentum to your facet,” stated Durant, who was 10 of twenty-two from the sector and had seven rebounds. “I believe we did that tonight.”
Nic Claxton missed two free throws with Brooklyn main by three with 20 seconds remaining, however Doncic missed from past the arc earlier than Hardaway’s miss. Doncic was 3 of 11 from deep.
The Mavericks (11-12) dropped beneath .500 for the primary time since getting blown out by Atlanta of their opener regardless of the return of each Doncic and Porzingis. They each missed the earlier loss to Memphis, the primary time that is occurred this season.
In three games since setting a franchise report by capturing 68.7% in a 32-point victory at New Orleans, Dallas is at 38%.
“Missed pictures have been our narrative for some time now,” stated Jalen Brunson, who had 10 factors on 4-of-8 capturing. “But we’re getting the seems. We’re engaged on it. We’ve simply to translate it to the game.”
Nets: James Johnson had 12 factors on 5-of-7 capturing in opposition to his former group. Johnson began the 2020-21 season in Dallas earlier than a commerce to New Orleans. He signed with Brooklyn as a free agent. … LaMarcus Aldridge, enjoying in his hometown, had 15 factors.
Mavericks: Doncic was known as for a technical foul after he shoved Claxton in entrance of an official within the third quarter. Doncic appeared to suppose Claxton was crowding him after the whistle. Doncic tried to point out his displeasure by sitting in an open courtside seat as Durant went to the opposite finish to shoot the free throw, which he made. … Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 factors and was the one Dallas participant constantly hitting 3s, going 4 of 9.
Hardaway was joined within the oh-fer class for Dallas from past the arc by Reggie Bullock, who was introduced in as a free agent to attempt to assist Doncic by being a menace from deep. A profession 39% shooter from lengthy vary coming into this season, Bullock is at 26% after lacking all six makes an attempt in opposition to the Nets.
Nets: The second game of a four-game journey is a back-to-back in Houston on Wednesday. Harden visited his former group in March final season, lower than two months after forcing the commerce to the Nets. He scored 29 factors in a 132-114 Brooklyn win.
Mavericks: Their second back-to-back in a span of 5 days is Wednesday. Memphis is the opponent, simply because it was in that 97-90 loss Saturday.
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