LOS ANGELES – Luka DoncicA 41-point triple-double sent the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA 129-125 overtime win over the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday.
Slovenian star Doncic’s big night, which also included 11 rebounds and 14 assists, saw the Mavs take the lead in an intense back-and-forth battle.
Kyrie Irving, who leads the Nets with 39 points, overcame a 7-0 streak in Brooklyn with three points past Doncic to take the home team to 110-106 with less than four minutes left of regulation.
A Doncic shot and two free throws by the Mavs star saw Dallas’ drag again and Tim Hardaway put them 112-110 ahead with another pair of free throws.
But the Nets then enticed Doncic as a salesman, Ben Simmons snatching the ball and handing it to Kevin Durant, who dashed off the field to land a thunderous dunk that forced it to just 8.8 seconds.
Dallas quickly took control in extra time with a dunk from Doncic and a pair of three-pointers from Hardaway and Maxi Kleber – Doncic assisted both.
Doncic set up Reggie Bullock for another three-pointer, scoring or assisting in the first 15 points of Dallas extra time as the Mavs pushed them ahead by nine points and gave the Nets their second defeat in as many. night.
They fell to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Wednesday, two days after falling prey to Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Doncic scored the 47th regular-season triple-double of his career and became the 10th player in NBA history to have triple-doubles of 40 points or more.
He took 14 of 28 shots from the floor, made 11 of 13 free throws and got three steals.
Durant added 37 points to the Nets, who lost 1-4.
In other early action, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-armed Los Angeles Clippers 118-110, their second win over the Clippers in less than a week.
With Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sidelined looking to make a comeback after he missed all of last season with a torn knee ligament, Los Angeles star Paul George has been stripped of his former club. He kept only 10 points.
Former Clipper Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 24 points and Lu Dort added 21 points for OKC, who beat the Clippers on Tuesday.
Norman Powell overtook the Clippers with 21 points and Reggie Jackson added 18, but Los Angeles fell for the third consecutive place.
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