DALLAS (AP) — With Luka Doncic resting and Dallas’ other two top scorers out with injuries, Seth Curry kept the Mavericks even with Brooklyn until the 20-year-old phenom could take over again.
Curry scored 15 of his 25 points with Doncic sitting the last half of the third quarter, before the 2019 Rookie of the Year had 15 of his 31 in the fourth as the Mavericks pulled away for a 123-111 victory over the Nets on Thursday night.
Dallas avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season in the second straight game without seven-foot-three forward Kristaps Porzingis and shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr, who together have been good for about 30 points a night.
Curry made all five of his three-pointers and was nine of 13 overall in the fourth game with at least 20 points this season for the younger brother of Stephen Curry.
“A lot of guys can make plays and we never know who’s going to get the touches or the shots that night other than Luka,” Curry said. “It’s fun to play. Every night it seems like somebody different is making a big impact.” Maxi Kleber scored a season-high 18 points, making his first three three-pointers and finishing three of four as the Mavericks shot 46 per cent from long range (18 of 29) to open a six-game homestand, their longest of the season.
Doncic remained tied with Jason Kidd for the franchise record for triple-doubles in one season with nine. That’s in part because he had seven assists while taking more of the scoring load. Doncic had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Porzingis is nursing a sore right knee — not the one he injured in what ended up being his final game for the Knicks almost two years ago — and Hardaway is working back from a hamstring strain.