Spencer Dinwiddie made his identify within the NBA by hitting powerful clutch photographs for the Nets. On Wednesday, he got here again to chew his former workforce with a game-winning shot.
With no time left on the clock, the Mavericks level guard hit a 3-pointer at hand the Nets a gut-wrenching 113-111 loss at Barclays Center.
After the shot, Dinwiddie was mobbed by his Mavericks teammates as he ran up the aspect of the court docket, celebrating in entrance of the courtside followers that after cheered for him.
Luka Doncic had a game-high 37 factors for Dallas, however Dinwiddie in his first recreation in Brooklyn as a Maverick, stole the present with 22 factors — and the winner.
“He’s just a really good all-around player. He can play in transition and pick-and-roll,” Nets coach Steve Nash mentioned of Dinwddie. “He can make shots and he’s an athletic player who can defend so I think he adds a lot to their team. IQ piece, size and athleticism on the wing at the guard spot so great addition for them.”
The Nets stayed 3 ½ video games behind Cleveland for the sixth and remaining assured playoff spot within the Eastern Conference after the Cavaliers misplaced at dwelling to the 76ers. But the Nets fell three video games forward seventh-place Toronto pending the Raptors’ recreation on the Clippers later Wednesday evening.
The Nets missed Kyrie Irving on Wednesday.
Irving had a 50-point outing at Charlotte final week and scored a Nets-record 60 on Tuesday evening at Orlando. But his refusal to stick to town’s private-sector COVID-19 vaccine mandates bars him from enjoying at dwelling. He is eligible to play simply three extra video games this common season.
The Mavericks determined to double-team Kevin Durant each time he acquired the ball throughout half court docket, and it labored.
Durant, who erupted for 53 factors in opposition to the Knicks on Sunday within the Nets’ earlier dwelling recreation, needed to work laborious for each shot and became a playmaker. He had 23 factors, 10 assists and 6 rebounds.
Patty Mills’ 3-pointer put the Nets forward 102-96 with 6:12 to play. But Dallas scored eight unanswered factors, capped by Maxi Kleber’s free throws to go away the Nets down 104-102 with 3:08 remaining.
Goran Dragic stemmed the tide with a hook shot. And after Dallas went again forward, Bruce Brown discovered Nic Claxton for a game-tying dunk.
A pair of free throws by Dorian Finney-Smith put Dallas again up, and when Durant missed a 15-foot jumper, the Mavericks had an opportunity to open some daylight. But the Nets compelled a uncommon miss by Doncic, and Claxton fought to tip in a Durant miss, knotting the rating at 108-108.
Doncic untied it with a troublesome turnaround fadeaway, placing Dallas up 110-108 with simply 22.7 seconds remaining. Durant got here by with a 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left in regulation, however Dinwiddie rattled one dwelling to upstage him.