Doncic didnt make his very first 2-point shot up until a drive to the hoop with 3:11 left in the fourth provided Dallas a 106-99 lead. Doncic and Jalen Brunson, who completed with 15 points, each hit shots in the last minute to help the Mavericks hang on for the win. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 23 points and six rebounds and made one of 2 complimentary tosses with 5.8 seconds left after the Nets pulled to within three.
Dorian Finney-Smith totaled 17 points and 8 rebounds. Dwight Powell tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds off the Mavericks bench and Josh Richardson added 10 points.
Dallas won in spite of missing Kristaps Porzingis (ideal knee discomfort) for the 4th consecutive video game and Maxi Kleber (best Achilles soreness) for the second game in a row.
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Kevin Durant tallied 20 points and 9 rebounds while Blake Griffin recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Green included 11 points and Bruce Brown had 10.
The Nets lacked James Harden (ideal hamstring stress) for the 16th consecutive game, although he said prior to the game that he is “very confident” he will return prior to the playoffs start.
Doncic didnt make his first 2-point shot up until a drive to the hoop with 3:11 left in the 4th gave Dallas a 106-99 lead. Doncic and Jalen Brunson, who ended up with 15 points, each hit shots in the last minute to assist the Mavericks hold on for the win. Tim Hardaway Jr. completed with 23 points and 6 rebounds and made one of two free throws with 5.8 seconds left after the Nets pulled to within 3.
Doncic shot only 7-for-22 from the field, however he went 5-for-13 from 3-point variety, helping Dallas (38-28) safe and secure another vital win in its quote to secure one of the top 6 playoff spots in the Western Conference and prevent needing to take part in the play-in tournament.
The Mavericks won their 2nd in a row and fifth in their previous six video games. Dallas kept at least a share of fifth location with the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing late Thursday night, and moved a full video game ahead of seventh-place Portland.
Brooklyn (43-24) lost its 4th in a row despite Kyrie Irvings season-high 45 points. The Nets remained in second location in the Eastern Conference, but fell to 2 1/2 games behind first-place Philadelphia and are now only half a video game ahead of third-place Milwaukee.
Luka Doncic ended up with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the host Dallas Mavericks to a 113-109 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.