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Luka Doncic tallies triple-double as Mavs hold off Nets in overtime

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Luka Doncic tallies triple-double as Mavs hold off Nets in overtime

UNSTOPPABLE. Mavericks guard Luka Doncic gets triple-teamed by the Nets' (from left) Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant, and David Duke Jr.

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Mavericks star Luka Doncic erupts for a 40-point triple-double and deals the Nets their fourth loss in five games even as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combine for 76 points

Luka Doncic totaled 41 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season as the visiting Dallas Mavericks dominated most of overtime and held on for a 129-125 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, October 27 (Friday, October 28, Manila time).

The Mavericks outscored the Nets 17-13 in the extra session, and Doncic snapped a 112-112 tie by hitting a go-ahead 18-footer on the first possession. 

He then got assists on three-pointers by Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, and Reggie Bullock to extend the Mavericks’ lead to 123-114 with 3:10 remaining.

Doncic, who notched his 47th career regular season triple-double, made 14-of-28 shots, including a nifty floater with 1:53 left to give Dallas a 125-116 lead before the Mavericks held on.

The Nets pulled to within 127-123 on a three-pointer by Kevin Durant with 26.2 seconds left and were within 128-125 following two free throws by Kyrie Irving with 16.5 seconds left. 

Bullock split two free throws with 7.5 seconds left, and the game ended when Durant missed a three-pointer right before the buzzer.

Hardaway added 18 points and Kleber contributed 15 for the Mavericks, who shot 50.6% and hit 20-of-40 of their three-point tries.

Irving scored 39 points, but the Nets lost their third straight and their fourth in five games to start the season. Durant added 37 as Brooklyn shot 46.2% and hit 12 three-pointers in 35 attempts.

Doncic poured in 15 points during the third quarter, and the Mavericks took a 90-84 lead into the fourth after Hardaway sank an open three-pointer with 17.7 seconds left.

Irving’s triple from the top of the key over Doncic put Brooklyn up 110-106 with 3:29 remaining in the game. Two free throws by Hardaway put the Mavericks up 112-110 with 81 seconds left.

Doncic had a chance to move Dallas closer to the win, but Durant blocked his layup after an initial call of goaltending was overturned on replay with 43.2 seconds left.

Brooklyn forged a 112-112 deadlock when Ben Simmons intercepted Doncic’s errant pass and found Durant for a dunk with 8.8 seconds left.

After Dallas used its last timeout, Dinwiddie inbounded the ball on the left side to Doncic, who encountered multiple defenders in the paint. He passed to Bullock, whose three-point try with one second left in regulation fell short. – Rappler.com

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