Spencer hit Dinwiddie the winner of the next game to help the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Brooklyn Nets 113-111. Luka Doncic scratched the double triple.
Brooklyn Nets (36-34) – Dallas Mavericks (43-26) 111: 113 (BOXSCORE)
Dinwiddie has already secured a Dallas victory over the Boston Celtics, this time against his former team, with whom he played for five years. With ten seconds to play and one point, Doncic got the ball and the ball was doubled and passed Dinwiddie, who just got up in the air from downtown – a Ballgame!
Doncic was the towering man of the match with 37 points in 14/26 FG, 5/12 three-pointers, 9 rebounds and each assisted in 4 turnovers in roughly 39 minutes, but Dinwiddy was a good fit with 22 points at 6/14 off the field plus 3 passes and 3 steals. The Mavericks went into the final quarter by 13 points, but they quickly fought back in a fast-paced closing period.
In terms of defense, the MAVs’ tactics against the opposing star quickly became apparent: Without the support of Keri Irving, injured Dallas, Ben Simmons and Seth Curry, wanted the ball out of Kevin Durant’s hands. After a good first quarter of KD (9 points), Muffs Durant doubled at almost every opportunity. Meanwhile, they kept him off the field for about 21 minutes without scoring, but then Durant and the Nets found answers to doubles more often.
Therefore, Durant held 23 points at 8/20 FG but played 10 assists and gave the Nets the lead 10 seconds from the end of the match with a three-deep over two Mavericks points. Goran Dragic took charge, especially in Durant’s poor second quarter, with 14 of 21 points (9/16 FG, 4 assists). Andre Drummond (14, 7/8 FG) caused major problems for the Mavs in the first quarter when he grabbed 5 of his 8 attacking rebounds (17 total) in under 7 minutes.
Like against Boston, Maxi Kleber stayed off the field without much success (4, 0/4 3P), but he shone at times as a defender for Durant. The Mavericks barely played offensively with just 15 points anyway, Brooklyn had an advantage there with 27 points.
Maxi Clipper frustrates Kevin Durant
Dallas relied on a start of five with the three guards Doncic, Bronson and Dinwiddy along with Vinnie Smith and Powell. Brooklyn played better and played the ball very well, giving the nets their first double-digit lead (30-20) of the game. For the Mavs, almost everything went through Doncic, who scored 12 points in the first quarter.
Bronson and Dinwiddie combined to take the next 12 points for the Maves with Doncic on the bench and a duel with Dragic, who kept the other side’s attack going very well with Durant on the bench. Doncic scored 12 consecutive points from the Mavs after his next substitution, but Durant was different, having little success in the second quarter (2 points) and showing frustration as he knocked out the defending Klepper hard before the break for one clear offensive foul.
Clipper was also allowed to start the second half, and Mavs coach Jason Kidd pulled Dinwiddie off the bench. The Mavs quickly snatched their first lead from the first minutes, but then Durant played better. With Good passes against the Maves’ continuous doubles He repeatedly started 4-on-3 positions for his team, often featuring Bruce Brown at the free throw line or at cuts. Brooklyn won the third quarter 30-21.
However, Dallas responded immediately and started the fourth quarter at 15-4. The net withdrew again, but then went without a point for more than three minutes until Dragic equalized with less than three minutes left. The teams traded baskets until the last minute, when Doncic made the middle distance +2 with only his third shot in the final quarter with 23 seconds left. Durant regained the lead, then Dinwiddy finished the match.
The Nets are losing their winning streak after four games, and Dallas is still fifth in the Western Conference, but is keeping the pressure on the Utah Jazz high.