NEW YORK (AP) The Dallas Mavericks were not discouraged when Luka Doncic’s pass to Reggie Bullock with one second left in the regulation resulted in a missed shot.
They knew their superstar teammates would continue to create more chances for them, and when he did, they did their job.
Doncic had 41 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-125 on Thursday night.
On the court, we try our best to make his job that much easier when he delivers the ball, and the only way to do that is to shoot down and take it safely. make a game,” said Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dallas led a nine-point lead on their way to their first away victory of the season, as Doncic beat Hardaway, Maxi Kleber and Bullock by 3 seconds in overtime.
“Obviously, Luka is probably the best guy to shoot hard and shoot when counted, but he also knows when to do the right basketball games,” Kleber said. said. “They were very aggressive towards him, especially when we came to overtime, and he played the right game, I don’t know, three or four times in a row. We just warmed up and did all those shots.”
Doncic also scored two baskets in overtime to become the 10th player in NBA history with three 40-point triple-doubles.
Kyrie Irving scored 39 points and Kevin Durant scored 37 points for the Nets, who faced some of the most dynamic players in the NBA this week and fell short each time. First Ja Morant with 38 points in Memphis, then Giannis Antetokounmpo with 43 points in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
This time it was Doncic, who scored more than 30 points in each of the first three games and is now in his first 40-point game of the season.
“We are a very dangerous team when we attack paint,” Doncic said.
The Nets are down to 1-4.
“I felt we did good things tonight, but it wasn’t good enough,” Irving said.
The game was briefly delayed in overtime when a fan threw what looked like a glass of ice onto the field next to the Dallas bench.
The Mavs were two ahead with less than a minute by rules, and Durant looked like he had an insurance basket when he was called up to go goalie on Doncic’s drive. On replay, however, the call was broken, allowing the Nets to draw when Ben Simmons stole the ball from Doncic and set Durant to dunk with 8.8 seconds remaining.
Doncic had the next ball in possession of a pass to Bullock but missed a cornered shot.
But Doncic scored 16 seconds in overtime and gave the Mavs the absolute advantage, then found Hardaway to score 3 points. After Irving fired two free throws, Kleber and Bullock each hit the score 123-114 with 3 hits in a row.
Simmons finished the game with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. He matched the season’s highest score despite throwing an airball in a short tryout in the first half.
Mavericks: Dallas kicked off a five-game home game that ended in a rematch with the Nets on November 7. … Hardaway scored 18 points after missing Tuesday’s loss in New Orleans due to pain in his right foot.
Nets: G Seth Curry, who has not played this season while recovering from left ankle surgery, trained with the Nets’ G League team on Thursday. Coach Steve Nash said he’s close to playing and will see how the team feels on Friday.
The Mavericks will host Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Nets: Open a two-game series against Indiana on Saturday.
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