Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 28 points, Devin Harris broke a fourth-quarter tie with eight straight points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 119-113 on Wednesday night.
Teenage rookie Luka Doncic had 21 points and nine rebounds as the Mavericks won their fifth consecutive home game. They kept the Nets from winning straight three straight on the road for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season, a night after a 12-point win in Miami.
Allen Crabbe scored a season-high 27 points for the Nets, including consecutive 3-pointers followed by an assist on a dunk for Jarrett Allen on an 8-0 run that got Brooklyn within two with four minutes remaining. Crabbe was 7 of 11 behind the arc.
Barnes, who was 5 of 8 from long range, answered with a 3 to help the Mavericks get the lead back to nine with less than a minute to go.
Dallas won for the fifth time in six games on a night when Dirk Nowitzki was presented a key to the city by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at halftime.
The German star is still waiting to start a record 21st season with the same franchise because of a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery seven months ago.
Harris scored 18 points, including eight straight to break an 87-87 tie, making three free throws, hitting a 3-pointer and then stealing a pass and scoring on a bank shot in the lane for a 95-87 Dallas lead. J.J. Barea also had 18 and seven assists.
Spencer Dinwiddie had 19 points and seven assists for the Nets on a night Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called him a candidate for sixth man of the year.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson played for the team in Nowitzki’s German hometown, Wurzburg, and said he remembers Nowitzki’s mom having a role in handling the team’s laundry. Atkinson also played for Braunschweig, and said he faced Nowitzki’s Wurzburg team. “He dropped 30 on us. He was 18 of 19,” Atkinson said. Early the next morning, Atkinson said, he went to the gym to lift weights and Nowitzki was already there with longtime personal coach Holger Geschwindner. “Right then, you’re like, ‘This guy’s special,'” said the 51-year-old Atkinson, who is in his third season with Brooklyn.
Nets: Leading scorer Caris LeVert missed his fifth straight game with a right foot injury. … Ed Davis made all eight shots and finished with 17 points, while D’Angelo Russell also scored 17 but was just 6 of 18 from the field.
Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews was out for the fourth time in five games with a left hamstring strain. F/C Dwight Powell missed his second straight game with a left knee injury. … G Dennis Smith Jr. played despite a right wrist sprain, finishing with season lows of four points and 19 minutes. … C DeAndre Jordan had his 11th double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Nets: Face Minnesota on Friday to start stretch of seven of eight at home.
Mavericks: Host Boston on Saturday.
Source: The Associated Press