Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Brooklyn Nets (17-7) play against the Dallas Mavericks (12-12) at American Airlines Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Tuesday December 7, 2021

Brooklyn Nets 102, Dallas Mavericks 99 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Sources: Luka Doncic has reported to training camp weighing more than 260 pounds the last two years. “I know I’ve got to do better,” Doncic said about his conditioning. espn.com/nba/story/_/id…” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>espn.com/nba/story/_/id…
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Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Nic Claxton on the situation where Luka Doncic drew his fifth tech of the year: “I didn’t say nothing to him, I don’t think. I just kind of got in his face and he took offense to it. He gave me a little shove, but I like that. That keep me going. That’s good.” – 11:33 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
We could see Luka Doncic grimacing and walking gingerly on his left ankle/knee at several points tonight: “I try to play. I try to practice. But it’s still painful.” – 11:28 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Here’s what the Mavericks had to say about the Nets’ rally for a 102-99 victory Tuesday night, the fifth consecutive loss Dallas has had at home.
mavs.com/nets-nudge-mav…11:23 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
📼 | 23p // 12a // 9r
The Beard was ballin’ pic.twitter.com/U6xP9YTn3n11:15 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
On another note: Luka Samanic being named G-League Player of the Week isn’t a surprise at all. The G-League was never a problem for the guy as a Spur, he put up big numbers in Austin. Dude has a solid range of skills, but it just hasn’t translated to NBA level thus far. – 11:01 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant never came off the floor in the 2nd half tonight. So will he play tomorrow vs the #Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back? “Sh-t, I might play 48 tomorrow. Just ‘cause. Give y’all something to talk about.” #Nets10:56 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
📼 | Another night at the office for @Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/MjiGw9oOWB10:46 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant is definitely getting tired of questions about his minutes adding up. He likes to play basketball and will deal with load management if it arises: “I might play 48 (minutes) tomorrow (vs. the Rockets) just because. Give y’all something to talk about.” #Nets10:41 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“When I get a chance … Yes! — I might play 48 tomorrow, just cuz.”
⁃Kevin Durant on playing 40 minutes. – 10:40 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant also says,
“It was a character win where you just want to make the right plays.” – 10:39 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“Nic (Claxton) was able to come in and slow them down.” – 10:38 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic responds to criticism about weight, conditioning: ‘I’ve got to do better’ dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…10:37 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“Sometimes I want to play a little too fast — I have to be a little more patient than I have been.” – 10:37 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant said making the change to switching all pick-and-rolls sparked the Nets defense in the 2nd half: “They pretty much ran the same play all game. That’s pretty much what they do (screens/double-screens for Luka Doncic).” – 10:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They pretty much run the same plays.”
⁃Kevin Durant on the Dallas Mavericks. – 10:35 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
After shooting just 1-of-8 in the 3rd quarter, Kevin Durant took over in the 4th to lead the Nets to a come-from-behind win over the Mavericks.
This is exactly why you pay him the max. trib.al/6SH6atE10:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We can play a whole 48 (minutes).”
⁃James Harden on him and Kevin Durant. – 10:33 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden also says,
“This is about racking up as many wins as we can — We don’t have the luxury of taking anybody for granted.” – 10:32 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden says he has a lot of emotions going back to Houston, his whole family is there, but he’s worried about getting a win tomorrow. – 10:32 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We’ve been in this league long enough to know it’s winning time. It’s go time!”
⁃James Harden on going into the fourth period. – 10:31 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Tonight was the most Nic Claxton has played since opening night in Milwaukee. – 10:30 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden says,
“For me personally, I was just in attack mode — Kevin (Durant) didn’t get it going until the fourth quarter … It doesn’t matter how much we’re down, it’s not over until the final buzzer.” – 10:30 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Podcast: Inside a Rockets winning streak, James Harden’s return and the road ahead houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 10:29 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jalen Brunson: “We play basketball like that for the rest of the year, we will be in pretty good shape. Just happened to run into the best team in the East. I mean, we’re moving in the right direction.” – 10:26 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic on his conditioning: “I had a long summer. I had the Olympics, took three weeks off, relaxed a little bit. Maybe too much. I’ve just got to get back on track.” – 10:25 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They’re the best of the best and that’s what they do. I’m not surprised by it.”
⁃Nic Claxton on Kevin Durant and James Harden’s performance in the fourth. – 10:24 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets switching threw the #Mavericks a little off guard in the 4th quarter, luring them into a one-on-one game. Nic Claxton hopes Brooklyn does that more. – 10:24 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton after tallying his second-highest minutes total (21) tonight: “I feel good. My conditioning is something I’ve been working on and have been continuing to work on.” – 10:23 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Nic Claxton admits that he likes it when he gets other teams frustrated when referring to Luka Dončić pushing him. It keeps him going. – 10:23 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We caught them off guard and started switching everything.”
⁃Nic Claxton on what sparked hope for the Nets versus the Mavericks. – 10:22 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Only score that matters is the one at 0:00
@qatarairways pic.twitter.com/p2kAzqyQn310:20 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
With win in DAL, Kevin Durant and the Nets improve to 9-2 on the road. Brooklyn is tied with PHX for best road record in the league and has the best overall record (17-7) in Eastern Conference, a half game better than Chicago. – 10:18 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Brooklyn held the #Mavericks to 4-for-21 shooting in the fourth quarter, and just 1-for-12 from deep. #Nets10:17 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
This is the type of move by Kevin Durant that separates the stars from the Hall of Famers pic.twitter.com/sSOnDPsb6t10:12 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Brooklyn outscored the #Mavericks 27-13 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. It’s the fewest allowed by #Nets in any quarter this season, and the fewest in a fourth quarter on the road since Feb. 23, 2015 at Denver. #NBA10:10 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Kev and James leading the big comeback effort 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/zzZkvAXrj910:08 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash says,
“Patty (Mills) is a winner — Brings an incredible spirit for our team. Makes big shots … You can trust him in all situations.” – 10:07 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash calls James Johnson “an interesting offensive player.” Spot-on in my opinion. – 10:05 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash says,
“We asked them (Nets) at halftime to not get discouraged— There were times when we could have folded.” – 10:03 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Spurs Gregg Popovich admits #Knicks may have find with his former first-round pick Luka Samanic #NBA #Spurs nypost.com/2021/12/07/kni…10:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash doesn’t think that Kevin Durant’s shoulder impacted his performance tonight. – 10:03 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“Without Joe Harris, it’s a little different for us.”
⁃Steve Nash on the problem with spacing down the stretch. – 10:02 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash points at the team’s character for rallying back to beat the Mavericks. – 10:01 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Bad loss for the Mavs. Such great defense at the arc by the Nets. With that said, Dallas sharing the ball on a last possession is new and an encouraging development. – 10:00 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevin Durant is averaging 40.4 minutes in his last 5 games. pic.twitter.com/IolfMRpXPH9:59 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Mavs have lost 8 of 10 overall and five in a row at home. They played well vs. East-leading Nets, but 9-46 on 3s (19.6%) is a killer. – 9:58 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Reggie Miller is delusional. That’s the nicest thing I can say about him! He said the Nets proved what a good defensive team they are at the three-point line?! Luka had a wide-open three and then Hardaway, er, Hardaway Junior, missed a wide-open three!! – 9:58 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
if you’re ever trying to figure out ‘why?’ or ‘how?’ after a game like that, it’s because they have KD and you dont. no need to complicate things, “just say yikes and move on.” – 9:58 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Grinding every single day.
#NetsWorld pic.twitter.com/FYgaO13KOf9:58 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
So weird Luka didn’t take this shot. pic.twitter.com/JiTYwjOLoh9:57 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“I provide some good production for my team when I’m out there.” – 9:57 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Tough loss for Mavs. Outscored 27-13 in the 4th quarter.
In 4th quarter alone, Durant scored 11 of his 24 points. Harden scored 6 of his 23 points. And Mills scored 8 of his 10 points.
Mavs fall to 11-12, fifth straight home loss. – 9:57 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Reggie going out of his way to praise the Nets’ 3-point defense. They gave up great looks the entire game and Dallas somehow shot 9-46 on them. – 9:57 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Mavs shot 9 of 46 (19.6%) from three tonight. The last two misses by Luka and THJ with OT on the line are going to sting most.
Mavs lose 102-99 to the Nets after leading by 11 to start Q4. – 9:57 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“Our offense started to pick up in the fourth — We got multiple stops in a row.” – 9:57 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Nice, nice comeback win on the road for Brooklyn. – 9:56 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
The Nets defend.
That’s all I have to say about that comeback in Dallas. – 9:56 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Thought that was down for Hardaway. – 9:56 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets come back from down 17 to beat the Mavericks. Nets start their 4-game road trip with an ugly win in Dallas. – 9:56 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets beat the Mavs 102-99. What a theft. Durant and Harden were terrific down the stretch. Nic Claxton, defensive menace, returned. James Johnson and Aldridge kept them afloat before the stars closed it. Hell of a win. On to Houston. Coverage coming. – 9:56 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
BALLGAME. BROOKLYN WINS. – 9:55 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
I like the DALLAS on these Mavericks uniforms, with the cowboy hat behind the D, but it feels like the font size is too small. – 9:55 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
FINAL: Nets 102, Mavericks 99
Kevin Durant (24 PTS, 7 REBS), James Harden (23 PTS, 12 ASTS), LaMarcus Aldridge (15 PTS) & the Nets STEPPED UP. When all hope seemed lost DOWN 17, they just stuck with it. Nic Claxton (6 PTS, 9 REBS) brought the fire defensively to spark that hope. – 9:55 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Was Luka making some sort of spirit fingers as Nic Claxton missed both FTs or is that just what my mind is choosing to believe? – 9:54 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton, who is shooting 44 percent from the line this year, missed a pair of free throws. Nets up 102-99 with 20 seconds left. – 9:53 PM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
Kevin Durant is shooting 55% in one-on-one situations so far this season. – 9:51 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Come on, Harden, arguing that one. – 9:50 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
How is Kevin Durant – 9:48 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant turnaround jumper along the baseline. Nets up 102-99 with 50.2 seconds left. Hell of a shot. – 9:48 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
I get the search for a mismatch, but wish the Mavs would try Luka/KP two-man game more in close games late … at least try it. – 9:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I feel like the Mavs have missed a lot of shots off pinpoint dimes from Luka. – 9:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden coming up in the clutch. Drives off Luka for the layup. He’s a board shy of a triple-double. Nets lead 100-97 with 1:23 left. – 9:45 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
100-97. This is Brooklyn’s biggest lead. – 9:45 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
BOUNCE BACK HARDEN, WE SEE YOU! – 9:44 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
The nets’ inability to punish the Mavericks for doubling KD is weird – 9:44 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Porzingis returns, replacing Powell. – 9:42 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Harden knows nothing about feeding the hot man (Durant). Hoists step back three instead!! – 9:42 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets trail 97-95 with 3:15 left. This game went from weird and lacking buzz to electric. Luka attacking Patty Mills every time down. – 9:42 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Harden getting Harden’d – 9:41 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
KD is still amazing – 9:39 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
THE NETS COME BACK FROM 17 DOWN TO TAKE A ONE-POINT LEAD! – 9:34 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
And Harden gives the Nets their first lead of the night. 91-90 with 6:35 left. – 9:34 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka picks up foul No. 4 and Nets take their first lead of the game 91-90 on two James Harden free throws with 6:41 to play. – 9:34 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden ties it at 90. – 9:34 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
KD putting on a show here in the fourth – 9:34 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Would we think tv announcers meant Tim Hardaway if they didn’t say Jr every time they mentioned the Maverick guard? – 9:24 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Wow. The Nets are rolling and have made this a 3-point game in the 4th quarter. The Nets have a number of “ugly” victories this season, and they could start their four-game road trip with another one in Dallas. – 9:24 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
AHHHH! THE NETS ARE ON A 10-2 RUN AND THE STARS ARE ANSWERING THE CALL! THE TEAM IS FEEDING OFF OF IT! – 9:23 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Mills finally hit, a huge 3-pointer from the right corner. #Nets on a quick 6-0 run have pulled to within 88-85 with 9:32 left to play. – 9:23 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
We have a game lads. Durant and Mills drill back-to-back 3s and the Nets trail 88-85 with 9:32 left. Timeout Jason Kidd. – 9:23 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets are 5-for-20 from 3-point range. Patty Mills is 0-for-5. – 9:20 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Mavs lead 86-75. Tough night for Kevin Durant. He’s got 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting. – 9:17 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 3rd QTR: Nets 75, Mavs 86 James Harden (17 PTS, 10 ASTS) LaMarcus Aldridge (14 PTS) & the Nets aren’t playing with hunger. It’s TIME to turn up though, especially for Kevin Durant (13 PTS) & Harden. The Nets NEED them to take over to win, that’s the only way. – 9:17 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavs will start the fourth quarter with an 86-75 lead and fully expect a Brooklyn push. – 9:16 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
TNT announcers criticize Luka Doncic’s weight during Mavs-Nets: ‘Heaviest I’ve probably ever seen’ dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…9:16 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Kevin Durant: 13 points on 5-16 shooting, 5 rebounds.
Dorian Finney-Smith, who primarily is guarding Durant: 12 points on 4-6 shooting, 6 rebounds. – 9:15 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Interesting end to the third quarter on tap. Luka sits down. Can the Mavericks keep their advantage, which is now 9? – 9:14 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Long conversation during the timeout between Luka Doncic and lead ref Zach Zarba. Neither of them are smiling. But it doesn’t look like either of them are yelling, either. At the end, they agree to disagree and pat each other on the shoulder, moving on. – 9:10 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Mavs lead the Nets 80-70 with 2:27 left in the third. Harden just had a terrific pass to Thomas for a missed 3. A shot the Nets could have used.
‘All the Small Things’ is playing at the arena. @TyNacher @TheRonaldDavis @MBayler @AustinHoughTGN9:07 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka just picked up a technical for a love-tap against Nic Claxton. Actions speak louder than words because Luka has said some words to the refs tonight. – 9:04 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka’s chillin in a courtside seat, arms up in mock confusion, after drawing his latest tech.
He’d been working toward that one since the first possession. – 9:04 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Woah there Luka, you can’t be pushing Nic Claxton like that. Dončic just received a technical foul for it. – 9:04 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Third quarter is getting really juicy, even though there’s hardly any scoring. Mavericks are up 71-61 but Nets are starting to get more physical. Shaping up to be a riveting finish. – 8:58 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Déjà vu 🔁
@AcmeBrick | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/UykcQw1YyL8:57 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
James finds DB on the cut ↘️ pic.twitter.com/LdCJc5cjjn8:53 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Another perfect Doncic drive and dish, but Bullock misses from the corner and is 0-5 on 3-pointers now. – 8:48 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Luka Doncic is trending on Twitter. Can’t imagine why. – 8:47 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Foot on the gas ⛽
#Lexus | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/6I84FtIXXp8:40 PM

Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
🪄 𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖈 🪄 pic.twitter.com/G5vtQVRmCj8:39 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Very little defensive resistance by the #Nets in that first half. Letting the #Mavericks’ have a 16:1 assist-to-turnover ratio – or shoot 18-of-24 in the paint, most of them at the rim – isn’t going to get it done. #NBA8:35 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
The bank is open for some Luka Magic 🎩
(📼 @NBAonTNT)
pic.twitter.com/gfT60ycKV98:32 PM

Dallas Mavericks PR @MavsPR
Luka Dončić (18 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists) and Kristaps Porzingis (8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) combined for 26 points, 11 boards and 11 assists in the opening half.
The 5 assists for Porzingis ties his career high for most assists in a half (3/29/21 at OKC). pic.twitter.com/H0Tislh5Cg8:31 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs hit their last four shots to end the half inc a pair of 3s from Doncic (One right before the horn banked from straight away). Mavs lead BKN 62-50. Shoot 50% vs the 2nd best FG % defense and had only 1 TO. Doncic 18-4-6. DFS 9. 2nd half soon @theeagledallas8:30 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Luka Doncic tore the Nets up on what looked like one heathy knee, and the Nets have struggled to stop anything at the rim. If it weren’t for James Johnson, I don’t know where the Nets would be right now.
Halftime: Mavs 62, Nets 50 – 8:30 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Also, I think we (Mavs fans) almost all get a little defensive when people say negative things about Luka (maybe residue from living thru Dirk being shit on relentlessly until he won a Title), but that doesn’t make their observations wrong … at least sometimes. – 8:30 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Luka Doncic hitting a 29-foot off-balance step back bank shot against good defense just about sums up that first half. The #Nets trail the #Mavericks 62-50. – 8:28 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic with six points in the 32 seconds of the second quarter, including a banked-in 30-footer that put the Mavericks up 62-50 just before the halftime buzzer. He’s got 18 points, six assists at the break. James Harden with 7 points, 7 assists, 6 rebs. – 8:28 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
With all that weight talk, oblivious Doncic banks in a 3 to give Mavs a 62-50 halftime lead and himself 18 points. We should all be so productive when we’re chunky. – 8:28 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Mavs lead the Nets 62-50. Luka just banked a shot I will tell my children about. Brooklyn has been sloppy and is getting killed in transition. Has hung around, but hasn’t closed the gap to really make it a game. The Mavs have led all game. – 8:27 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
LUKAAAAA!!!!! – 8:27 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
HALF: Nets 50, Mavericks 62
LaMarcus Aldridge (13 PTS), James Johnson (10 PTS, 5 REBS) & the Nets are shooting well at 51%. However, they’re getting exposed in the interior defensively. A lack of pressure overall on that end is making Dallas a little bit too comfortable. – 8:26 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
LaMarcus Aldridge probably has made more 12-to-18 foot shots in the past dozen years than any other player, with the possible exception of DeMar DeRozan. – 8:24 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Sort of wonder if people like Luka (superstars) go back and watch the national games to see what’s being said about them during the game … and if they do, how they react to being called overweight and out of shape repeatedly. – 8:23 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Run that back 〽️🦄
@AcmeBrick | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/HPyoKHXjGo8:22 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Dorian Finney-Smith is 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Rest of Mavericks are 1-of-17. As long as they keep scoring in the paint (32 points so far), might be wise to be a bit more judicious with the long ball. – 8:22 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Reggie with more Doncic weight talk: “You have the keys to the kingdom if you’re Doncic, right? And he is a superstar, a superstar in the making already. But he could be so much better. And he will get better. 1/2 – 8:22 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Mavs lead the Nets 52-44 with 2:10 left in the first half. LaMarcus Aldridge and James Johnson have combined for 21 points. Durant and Harden combined for 13. – 8:21 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
An absolute crime that lasso of a Luka pass will not be a statistic.
Hadn’t heard the AAC crowd gasp like that in a while. – 8:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Visits by Nets, Bucks offer tests of Rockets’ revival ift.tt/3EBA45M8:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets Jae’Sean Tate looks forward to defending Nets’ Kevin Durant ift.tt/3Dydvxy8:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets on a roll as they prepare for Harden homecoming 2.0 ift.tt/3lMb4lb8:18 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Johnson with some tremendous defense there to stop that fast break. He was the only line of defense there. – 8:17 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Name this Maverick with six points, six assists and five rebounds with 4:30 left in the second quarter.
Yep, Kristaps Porzingis. – 8:16 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
42-37 Mavs with 5:14 left in the first half. Nets have gotten close a few times, but Mavs respond with a bucket. James Johnson giving the Nets good minutes. – 8:15 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Celebrating Dennis Rodman’s 12 games with the Mavericks is like celebrating the great Raptor, Hakeem Olajuwon. pic.twitter.com/9LKzk9jac88:15 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Brooklyn has to put more pressure on the Mavericks. It’s hard to believe that they haven’t even forced ONE turnover. – 8:15 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
KP and Timmy goin’ CRAZY 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/d3QQeOj1318:09 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Out of the timeout, James Harden drains a 3 and gets fouled. Nash and Harden talked with officials for most of that TO. – 8:07 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
After James Harden got blocked by Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.’s flush on the other end gave the #Mavs their biggest lead of the night at 36-26. Harden and then Steve Nash had a long chat with the refs. #Nets #NBA8:05 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Hardly ever see KP really smile on the court, but he flashed a big ole grin after blocking James Harden, pushing in transition and moonlighting as a point guard to set up a THJ dunk.
Puts the Mavs up 10, 36-26 with 8:36 left in Q2. – 8:04 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
My goodness. Porzingis with a block, recovery, dribble upcourt and alley-oop to Hardaway. Unicorn things. – 8:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden blocked at the rim by Porzingis, who throws it ahead to Tim Hardaway Jr. Mavs lead is up to 10. Timeout Steve Nash. Harden having a long conversation with the officials. – 8:03 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
missed that Beard ↗️ Clax connection pic.twitter.com/OtGW9LUNRR8:03 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Porzingis plays point-center and fires a pseudo-lob to Tim Hardaway Jr., who grabs it below the rim, but still rams it home for 36-26 Mavericks’ lead. – 8:03 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Today we kicked off our season of giving with @LendingTree visiting a local community organization to facilitate a hands-on holiday craft project with 30 kids from the Freedom Communities 🎄🎅🎁.
@HornetsGive | @LendingTree pic.twitter.com/8u738EqeAH8:01 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Earlier in the broadcast Miller offered this advice to Doncic, speaking from experience: pic.twitter.com/JJTnHs7S127:59 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Just realized Nic Claxton has shed the blonde. Was a good run. – 7:59 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Don’t give ’em space 🤷‍♂️
3 threes in Q1 pic.twitter.com/FnXcPrdG217:59 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton and James Johnson checking in to start the second quarter. – 7:58 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
With those back-to-back 3s, Dorian Finney-Smith
— passed Devin Harris for 11th on Mavs’ all-time 3-pointers list with 431
— gave Mavs a 27-21 lead Nets after Q1
Fun facts all around. – 7:57 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks were up by seven early. Fell back into a tie at 17 but ended the first quarter with a nice push for a 27-21 advantage. Dorian Finney-Smith is 3-of-5 from the field — all from 3-point range in the corner. – 7:57 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Mavs lead the Nets 27-21. Brooklyn shot it well, but has yet to hit a 3. – 7:56 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 1st QTR: Nets 21, Mavericks 27
LaMarcus Aldridge (7 PTS), Kevin Durant (6 PTS) and the Nets are down bad on the perimeter. They haven’t connected on a three ball yet, going 0-of-7 from deep. At least they’re holding Dallas to 3-of-13 shooting from there though. – 7:55 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Reggie Miller with some HSOs during the broadcast:
“To me, looking at him, this is the heaviest I’ve probably ever seen Luka look, right now. And I know he’s had a long year with the Olympics, but look how he’s plodding up and down; he’s not really running.
1/2 – 7:52 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
James sends it up, LaMarcus tips it in ➕1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/7xxTA4BUZ97:49 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starting to cook. Patty Mills ties it at 17 with 2:36 left in the first quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge, a Dallas native, has seven points. Cam Thomas hit a baseline j earlier, too. Timeout Jason Kidd. – 7:49 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
He only has one assist to show for it so far, but Luka’s arsenal of nifty passes has been on full display so far. – 7:46 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Thibodeau on Luka Samanic: “He’s a good, young prospect. He has to keep working.” – 7:40 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka’s already wincing and moving gingerly at times. Seems determined to fight through it, though. Mavericks up 11-6 early. – 7:38 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Porzingis is moving well. – 7:36 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
DeAndre’ Bembry opens on Luka. – 7:34 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Barkley’s pregame kiss of death: “The Mavericks will win, America.” – 7:33 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Two old Mavericks point guards meeting at mid court pregame. pic.twitter.com/vSE18t0jbU7:26 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Dallas. Nets-Mavs tips shortly. Brooklyn starting their road trip in what will be a three games in four night swing. Updates to come. – 7:25 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
To Kenny Smith’s question about who on the Mavs can to be more creative, Doncic says: “I think JB’s that guy. He’s been amazing this season… I think this season he’s learning a lot about passing and creating for everybody. I’ve got to play some off the ball. 1/2 – 7:25 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic, to Barkley’s contention that Porzingis plays more aggressive when Doncic isn’t in the game: “I think it’s the whole team, not just us. A lot of games when we don’t play aggressive, we get our ass kicked. But then the games we play aggressive we do a pretty great job.” – 7:19 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Knicks reporters naturally wanted to know Pop’s thoughts on Luka.
“He’s got a lot of talent,” Pop said. “Sky is the limit for him if he just sticks with it and does the things he has to to improve defensively and being consistent. He’s a good kid…The future is bright for him.” – 7:17 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Doncic on TNT pregame show, when asked by @Shaquille O’Neal why @Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t play in the post more often: “He is. That’s what he needs to do. I think this season, we talk a lot more than the last year, and I think he’s doing really an amazing job this year.” – 7:16 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets start Harden, Mills, Durant, Bembry and Aldridge tonight vs. the #Mavericks. – 7:15 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Former Spur Luka Samanic named G League Player of the Week after averaging 30.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists to lead the Westchester Knicks to a 2-1 mark. – 7:15 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Mavs starters tonight vs. Nets: Luka, Bullock, DFS, KP, Powell
I can already hear the qualms even though I’m underneath the arena lol – 7:08 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Steve Nash calls Luka Doncic “a combination of Dirk and a point guard” to fit Mavs history perfectly: dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…7:06 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in Dallas: Harden, Mills, Durant, Bembry and Aldridge. – 7:05 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: DFS, Porzingis, Powell, Bullock, Doncic
BKN Starters: Durant, Bembry, Aldridge, Mills, Harden
6:32 tip @theeagledallas7:03 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Your first 🖐 on the floor tonight.
@ModeloUSA | #FightingSpirit pic.twitter.com/5HQCpEe4aE7:01 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Mavericks:
👨🏿‍🍳James Harden
👷🏾‍♂️Patty Mills
🔒DeAndre’ Bembry
🪣Kevin Durant
🎯LaMarcus Aldridge – 7:01 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs. Mavericks Game:
▪️Nic Claxton (5.2 PPG, 4.4 ROG) has only logged 3 minutes since returning to the lineup.
▪️Luka Dončić is averaging a 5 turnovers a game, the most he’s given it up in his career.
▪️Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris are out. – 6:59 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
NBA’s leading scorer gettin’ loose pic.twitter.com/Xnj9y9Hi0U6:53 PM

Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Drip drop ya don’t stop 💧
@TISSOT | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/sGWZuUEHfK6:49 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Add forward Danuel House Jr. to the Rockets injury list for tomorrow against the Nets. He’s out with a sprained left ankle. Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Usman Garuba, John Wall remain out as well. – 6:38 PM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Luka and Porzingis will play tonight against the Nets. Luka missed the last game with left ankle soreness, and Porzingis sat out the past two games with a left knee contusion. – 6:20 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
DeAndre’ busting out the tricks in warmups 📹 pic.twitter.com/ZbZaKT3PGV6:13 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash says,
“We sit at the top of the East — I’m proud of them (Nets). I’m proud of the way they’ve defended … We’re knocking on the door of developing our play … I love this group.” – 6:06 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Nets coach Steve Nash said he spent time yesterday and today with close friend and former Mavs teammate Dirk Nowitzki.
What’s he think about Dirk’s jersey retirement coming up?
“I’m kind of tired of all the accolades, to be honest.” – 6:05 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He’s one of the hardest guys to guard.”
⁃Steve Nash on Luka Dončić. – 6:04 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Steve Nash calls Luka Doncic “a combination of Dirk and a point guard.” – 6:04 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Last week on The Putback, we talked about the Sixers, James Harden, the Knicks and more with @mgrads, @cpthefanchise and @cwilliamson44
Full show here: https://t.co/yeLILgsZpT pic.twitter.com/zYWmCSzph75:50 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness/left thumb sprain). Tim Hardaway Jr. (right knee contusion) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) are all playing tonight against Brooklyn, Mavericks coach Jason Kidd says.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com5:48 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka,KP and Hardaway all will play tonight. Sterling Brown out. – 5:48 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd confirms Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all play tonight vs. Nets.
Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) is out. – 5:48 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR @MavsPR
Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness, left thumb sprain), Tim Hardaway Jr. (right knee contusion) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) will be available for tonight’s game vs. Brooklyn.
Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) are out. – 5:47 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Interesting timing with former Spurs first-rounder Luka Samanic being named G League Player of Week with Knicks in Alamo City. – 5:39 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
The energy has been craaaazy in H-Town!
We need y’all to bring it for our big matchup against the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow night 🤘
🎟 https://t.co/pi0Hgdk4wc pic.twitter.com/1YR8mL758l4:49 PM

Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
It’s a battle of the Mavs point guards 🤝 pic.twitter.com/91Y1J6hXqL4:36 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Tomorrow will be the first time since March 2, 2016 Eric Gordon and James Harden will play against each other in an NBA game. Gordon was in a starting lineup that included Anthony Davis, Norris Cole, Dante Cunningham&Kendrick Perkins. Jrue Holiday&Ryan Anderson came off the bench – 3:26 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
TUNE IN: @Charlotte Hornets forward @Miles Bridges joins NBA Today on @espn live at 3:40pm ET to talk about his breakout campaign and @Charlotte Hornets early season success #AllFly3:21 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
KP Instagram posts > injury reports
Looks like the big guy is really ready to go tonight vs. Nets. pic.twitter.com/LyZiFkvmT03:05 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs-Nets 6:32 tip tonight. There’s no local TV Broadcast as it is a @NBAonTNT exclusive, but there are a lot of ways to get our broadcast so you can get your Mavs. @theeagledallas, @iHeartRadio app, @Sirius XM NBA Ch 86, @SIRIUSXM app and NBA.com2:47 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Let’s bounce back.
🆚 @Brooklyn Nets
⌚️ EARLY TIP-OFF: 6:30PM CT
📺 @nbaontnt
📻 @theeagledallas & 99.1 FM pic.twitter.com/sl9xtX3gyz2:00 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Dallas has upgraded Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness/left thumb sprain) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (right knee contusion) to probable for tonight’s @NBAonTNT game against Brooklyn. Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) was already probable.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com1:55 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Congratulations to all @NBAFoundation grant recipients! We’re excited to recognize the 3 organizations with Charlotte presence. Thank you for investing in our community! 💜
#SwarmToServe | @HornetsGive pic.twitter.com/Mv0LXVpW631:48 PM

Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets vs. PHI 12/8
LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, Terry Rozier, Ish Smith are all listed as OUT in NBA Health and Safety Protocols #AllFly1:36 PM

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