Doncic Shines In 4th Period; Mavs Beat Nets

DALLAS (AP) – At a time when Luka Doncic was resting and during a night when the other two top Dallas scorers were injured, Seth Curry made sure the Mavericks stayed in the fight against Brooklyn.

Curry scored 25 points, including 15 in the last half of the third period, when Doncic was on the bench. Once the Slovenian returned, he continued to shine to total 31 points, including 15 in the last quarter.

The Mavericks beat the Nets on Thursday 123-111, even though Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., the second and third best scorer in Dallas, were absent from the duel due to injuries.

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"Many boys can make plays, and we never know who is going to touch the ball or who is going to shoot in one night, except for Luka," Curry said. “It's fun to play. It seems that every night someone different is going to make an impact. ”

Maxi Kleber accumulated 18 points, his highest figure of the season, and the Mavs avoided what would have been their first three-game losing streak. They started a six-game stay at home, their longest of the season.

Doncic remained tied with Jason Kidd as leader of "double triples" in the history of the franchise for a season, to show off nine. The 20-year-old Slovenian star stayed in seven assists, seeing himself in the need to shoot more in the absence of his teammates.

The Rookie of the Year 2019 captured 13 rebounds.

Porzingis suffers pain in the right knee. He hurt his left almost two years ago, in what ended up being his last game with the Knicks uniform.

Hardaway tries to recover from a jerk in a thigh. Together with Porzingis, the last two commitments have been lost.

Spencer Dinwiddie led seven Brooklyn players who scored double digits. He got 19, but that did not prevent the Nets from suffering their fourth consecutive defeat, something that had not happened to them this season.

"We couldn't stop them," Dinwiddie lamented. "Obviously, that expanded his advantage and we didn't make enough shots to keep up."

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