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Brooklyn Nets suffered a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time this season and is now threatening to lose third place in the Eastern Province, by falling to the Dallas Mavericks 109-113 Thursday in the NBA.
Despite the efforts of Kyrie Irving, who scored 45 points, and the contribution of Kevin Durant, who scored 20 with 9 rebounds, he largely hoped to regain the Eastern Province lead from the Philadelphia 76ers who won his last six matches, which put him two and a half games away from Canadian coach Steve Nash’s team.
With five matches remaining for him in the regular season, the Nets are threatening to fall to third place in favor of the Milwaukee Bucks, who trail him by half a match with the advantage of direct confrontations between the two teams.
Nets won a sixth defeat in 10 matches he played in the presence of Durrant on the field next to Irving and the absence of James Harden, who has not yet recovered from an injury that kept him out of the last 16 games.
With the presence of 4,600 fans at his home stadium “American Airlines Center” in Texas, and thanks to 24 points and 10 rebounds from Slovenian Luka Doncic, 23 points from Tim Hardaway Junior and 17 with 8 rebounds from Vinny Smith’s leagues, Dallas took an additional step towards resolving his direct qualification to the knockout rounds. “Play Of “and not through the decisive play-in (play-in) for the difference between the 7 and 10 places, by achieving its thirty-eighth victory for 28 defeats.
Doncic praised the Mavericks for what the Mavericks had done against, “a team that has the potential to win the title. They have all the great pieces (the combination), but we faced them hard. Kairi played a great game but we managed to settle things.”
“We are trying to deal with each match separately and avoid the playoff tournament (the playoff tie) in order to qualify directly for the playoff and then progress from there,” the Slovenian star said about his team’s quest to qualify directly for the playoffs.
The seventh and eighth place winners from each region face one match, provided that the winner qualifies directly to the playoffs, while the loser plays another match against the winner of the ninth and tenth place match, and the winner of this confrontation completes the playoff contract.
Doncic, who received a technical error for the fifteenth time this season, admitted that he must maintain his composure, explaining, “I complain a lot and I have to work on this issue. I have to remain calm and not speak (with the referees).”
The Mavericks have achieved their eighth victory in their last 11 games, and all three defeats in this series were against one team, the Sacramento Kings, who had no hope of qualifying for the Playoff.
Raptors dwindling fortunes –
Less than two years after crowning the title for the first time in its history, it appears that the Toronto Raptors will miss the knockout stages this season after receiving their fifth defeat in their last six games, this time after an extra half at their temporary stadium in Tampa Bay against the Washington Wizards 129-131.
Despite the tremendous efforts of Cameroonian Pascal Siakam, who scored 44 points with 11 rebounds and 7 assists, and the support from Gary Trent Jr. (25 points), Verd Vanfleet (22 with 6 rebounds and 5 assists) and Canadian Kim Birch (17 with 9 rebounds), the Raptors lagged behind. With a difference of four matches for the tenth place in the Eastern Province, and thus it became very difficult to get the chance to play the play-in-play in order to reach the knockout rounds.
Thursday’s loss came against tenth-placed Washington Wizards, who starred in Bradley Bell by scoring 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, while Russell Westbrook scored his thirty-fourth “Triple Double” this season by scoring 13 points with 17 rebounds and 17 assists.
Westbrook needs to achieve the “Triple Double” only twice in order to become the record holder in the league and registered in the name of Oscar Robertson (181).
The Wizards are tenth, half a game behind the ninth Indiana Pacers, who have won their second victory in the last six games at the expense of the Atlanta Hawks, fifth in the Eastern District, and came out with a score of 133-126 thanks to Caris Levert, who scored 9 of his 31 points in the last two minutes and 17 seconds, as well. He scored 12 assists.
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