The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 113-109 on Thursday night, their fourth straight loss.
Despite the loss, Kyrie Irving had a season high in points for the Nets.
The loss was the Nets’ fourth in a row, a season high.
Meanwhile, with a win percentage of.500, the Mavericks remained the fifth seed in the West.
Dallas is now a half-game ahead of the sixth-placed Los Angeles Lakers and six games behind the fourth-place Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference.
The Nets come into this game on a three-game losing streak, while the Mavericks have won four of their last five games.
“I believe the pressure is beneficial,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “You will face pressure in the playoffs, and you must be pressure-tested.”
This is a little pressure for us, a little hole for us to dig ourselves out of. How can we solve this conundrum? “How can we cross the finish line in some of these games?”
Furthermore, the Mavericks needed this win to secure their playoff spot, and with the win, they now sit in fifth place.
In the first quarter, the Mavericks are ahead.
The Nets got off to a fast start, with Joe Harris hitting a three-pointer to start the quarter.
However, with 9:25 remaining in the quarter, took a 6-7 lead. The Nets then fell behind the Mavericks in the third quarter.
About three minutes into the game, they were down by four points.
Kyrie Irving of the Nets hit a three-pointer to cut the game to one point. Following that, the Mavericks went on a 5-0 run.
With 7:34 remaining, every Mavericks starter scored, giving the team a six-point lead, which was extended to seven points by Willie Cauley-layup Stein’s on Josh Richardson’s pass.
Then Blake Griffin hit a three-pointer off a pass from Landry Shamet.
The Mavericks quickly responded with a Cauly-Stein bucket and an alley oop from Luka Doncic.
With the Mavericks leading, the Nets scored back and forth. They made a pair of baskets in a row, with Kyrie Irving hitting a jumper and Kevin Durant hitting a three-pointer.
Dorian Finney-Smith grabbed the rebound and finished with a bucket in response to the Nets’ basket.
Kevin Durant’s layup shot with 4:43 remaining in the game made the score 20-23.
Then, on the defensive end, Luka extended the lead with a three-pointer over Griffin of the Nets.
Blake responded to the shot with a three-pointer on the offensive end. Richardson of the Mavericks then stole the ball and scored on the other end, extending the Mavericks’ lead.
With 2:28 remaining in the quarter, the Mavericks took a ten-point lead over the Nets.
The Nets end the quarter 37-32 after Jeff Green and Nicolas Claxton score consecutive baskets.
The Mavericks took the lead once more.
The Nets trailed the Mavericks for about 4 minutes in the second quarter before Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one point and Kevin Durant hit a jumper to tie the game 42-42 with 6:21 remaining.
With a bucket from Kevin’s pass, the Nets quickly took a two-point lead over the Mavericks. But the Mavericks quickly responded, with Dwight Powell scoring on Luka Doncic’s pass. After Powell tied the game, Kyrie Irving’s fancy finish gave the Nets the lead again.
It didn’t last long, as Luka scored from behind the arc to take the lead. As the clock approached the end of the second quarter, both teams battled for the lead, trading shots back and forth. With one minute remaining, the Nets led by three points, 60-57.
Dwight Powell tied the game with a three-pointer with 55.8 seconds remaining. Irving scored a layup to give the Nets the lead, but Powell drew a foul and scored a layup to respond right away.
The teams entered the third quarter tied at 62-63, with the Mavericks leading after Luka drew a foul at the last second and hit one of two free throws for the lead.
On the third, the Nets make a comeback.
Luka Doncic missed his first six shots at the start of the third quarter, allowing Kyrie Irving to start a 6-0 run with a three-pointer and Harris to complete the run with another from behind the arc.
Griffin’s dunk gave the Nets a four-point lead with 6:44 left in the game.
The lead changed hands several times during the quarter, with both teams answering each other’s bucket.
Following that, the Mavericks took a four-point lead. With 2:54 remaining, the score was 74-78 for both teams.
Kyrie paced up and hit a jumper, and Doncic turned the ball over to the Nets on the next possession, allowing Bruce Brown to score on Cauley-pass. Stein’s
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With the Mavericks still leading, this cut the lead to one point. After Jalen Brunson hit a three-pointer, the Mavericks quickly extended their lead. Mike James found Jeff Green, who hit a three-pointer from behind the arc for the Nets.
To end the quarter, the Nets took the lead for the first time in the game. The Nets enter the court with a one-point lead over the Mavericks, 83-82.
The Mavericks triumph over the Nets. The Nets exploded early in the fourth quarter, taking a four-point lead to begin the quarter.
Brunson assisted in reducing the Mavericks’ lead to two points. Trey Burke couldn’t finish the layup for the Bucks, but Dorian did, tying the game at 90-90 with 9:19 remaining in the quarter.
Following that, the Mavericks took a two-point lead and extended it to seven points with back-to-back buckets on the next possession.
As the clock struck 4:34, Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer from behind the arc, bringing the score to 97-101.
Luka passed the ball to Tim Hardaway, who converted it into a three-point shot. Kevin responded with a jumper. Doncic responded with a layup on the other end, just like that.
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Irving then drew a foul while scoring a three-pointer for the Nets, bringing the score to 102-106 with 58.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Doncic and Powell then hit back-to-back three-pointers, extending the lead to six points with 26.5 seconds remaining.
Irving missed a layup at the end of the game but made up for it with a three-pointer, but the Mavericks won the game 113-109.
The victory over the Nets secured the Mavericks’ fifth position for the time being. “We need all of this experience,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “There are many new situations. Last year at this time, we were locked into seventh place and had no intention of dropping any lower.
This year is a completely different story. There’s a lot at stake. “What I’m most proud of with this group is that they’re blocking out all the outside noise.”
Kyrie Irving had a big game in the losing effort. Kyrie Irving, the Nets’ star, missed a layup in the final seconds, then made a three-pointer, but it was too late.
“We need to be put through that,” Irving said. “We aren’t a perfect basketball team.” If we are not honest, we may be doing ourselves a great disservice. We just need more consistency down the stretch.”
Despite this, he had a season-high 45 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists to keep the Mavericks on their toes throughout the game.
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Meanwhile, Kevin Durant had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Blake Griffin, who started for the Nets, had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Similarly, Jeff Green led the Nets bench with 10 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist, while Bruce Brown Jr followed Jeff Green with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
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