The Dallas Mavericks have defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-98. The Mavericks improve to 16-16, good for 9th in the Western Conference. On the other hand, the Nets fall to 22-13, good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference.
The Mavericks got off to a quick start, feeding Kristaps Porzingis in the post to get him some easy scores on the smaller Nets. This gave the Mavericks a 21-10 lead at the 7:19 mark of the first quarter, forcing Steve Nash to call a timeout. Following the timeout, James Harden put the Nets on his back in the quarter, leading the Nets to a 8-0 run to force a Mavericks timeout. The duo of Luka Doncic and Porzingis was too much for the Nets to handle, as they combined for 21 first quarter points. Overall, the quarter was a story of runs, and at the end of the quarter, the Mavericks led 38-26.
The Nets energy and ball movement was much better in the second quarter with Joe Harris and Landry Shamet getting hot. Even without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets were able to keep it a close game and be within striking position going into the second half. For the Nets to take control of the game, they will need to take better care of the basketball. Brooklyn’s nine turnovers led to 20 Mavericks points. Additionally, the Nets will need to defend the 3 point line better. Dallas shot 10 for 23 from three in the first half. With the Mavericks having as big of a lead as 14, the Nets were able to cut their deficit to four. Finally, Dallas led 68-64 at halftime.
The Mavericks took control in the third quarter, off of Porzingis’s 10 point quarter. The Nets offense went cold, while the Mavericks defense was stellar. Subsequently, Dallas led 94-82 at the end of the third quarter. The Mavericks continued to separate furthermore themselves from the Nets in the fourth, dominating Brooklyn 34-20. By the seven minute mark of the fourth quarter, Brooklyn had already thrown in the towel. They were down by 22 points, therefore the bench entered the game. Of course, the Nets eight game win streak has come to an end. This was Brooklyn’s longest winning streak in 15 years.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
Brooklyn will be off tomorrow as they prepare to get back on the road for a two game road trip, this being their last two games of the first half of the season. On Monday, the Nets will take on the San Antonio Spurs. The game will start at 8:30 PM EST and of course, will be broadcasted on the YES Network.
Performances of Note
James Harden – 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 9-21 FG, 4-11 3PT, 32 minutes
Jeff Green – 12 rebounds, 5-7 FG, 23 minutes
Bruce Brown – 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 5-9 FG, 32 minutes
Luka Doncic – 27 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 11-21 FG, 3-10 3PT, 2-6 FT, 34 minutes
Kristaps Porzingis – 18 points, 3 blocks, 7-13 FG, 4-5 FT, 25 minutes
Tim Hardaway Jr. – 13 points, 4-12 FG, 2-6 3PT, 21 minutes