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Claxton's dust up with Doncic ignites Nets furious comeback win over Mavs

Dec 8, 2021 0 comments

 


Down by 17 points in the third quarter, Steve Nash and the Nets could have easily packed it in and called off the dogs in the front end of a back to back Texas road trip. Instead, Brooklyn rallied to stun Luka Doncic and ex-Net player and coach Jason Kidd.

Behind a behind 24-13 fourth quarter and James Harden and Kevin Durant coming alive offensively late, Brooklyn finally secured a signature win against a quality opponent. 

Harden finished with 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, while Durant dumped in 24 and seven rebounds including clutch basket after clutch basket in the final minutes.

One of the momentum changing sequences came with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter when Nic Claxton was called for a kick ball violation while guarding Doncic. After the whistle, Claxton went chest to chest with the Slovenian Sensation and jawed at him before Doncic shoved him away to draw a technical foul. From that point on, the Nets went on to outscore Dallas 34-22.

A visibly frustrated Doncic tried to answer the Nets furious rally, but the left for dead Brooklyn offense got a much needed spark from Claxton's dust up.

The Nets have been searching for their identity throughout the first quarter of the regular season and with Harden looking like a shell of himself and the team failing to pass the litmus test against tougher opponents, Tuesday's win answered some of these questions, at least for the night.

Brooklyn takes on Houston on Wednesday looking to improve on their 17-7 record and pad it's lead for first place in the Eastern Conference.


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