The Brooklyn Nets have been in a seemingly endless freefall this season, and it was looking like that trend continued on Wednesday night. However, the Mavericks decided to make one more run at them late before Spencer Dinwiddie hit a game-winning shot over D’Angelo Russell with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock.
The “spencer dinwiddie” is a player for the Dallas Mavericks. He has been playing hero again, as he buried the Brooklyn Nets at the buzzer.
NEW YORK’S BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Nets didn’t want Luka Doncic to beat them, so they sent a double-team at the Dallas Mavericks star as the clock wound down at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night.
Spencer Dinwiddie made the opponent pay for paying so much attention to Doncic for the second game in a row.
Dinwiddie, who has played a key part in the Mavs’ success since coming in a trade deadline deal, hit his first game-winning buzzer-beater of his career, a 3-pointer over Goran Dragic on the right wing, to secure Dallas’ 113-111 victory against the Nets.
It occurred only a few nights after Dinwiddie hit a game-winning 3-pointer off a Doncic pass with 11.6 seconds left in Sunday’s away triumph against the Boston Celtics.
“The same goes for Boston. That concludes the discussion “In the victory against the Nets, Doncic scored 37 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. “Someone’s going to be open if they’re going to double. I’m relieved that it was him. He just made a shot — for the second time.”
Dinwiddie wanted to stand atop the scorer’s table at Barclays Center, his home arena for the past five seasons with the Nets, to celebrate the buzzer-beater. He changed his mind when he saw Nico Harrison, the Mavericks’ first-year general manager, and made a beeline for him. Dinwiddie showed his gratitude for Harrison arranging the deal with the Washington Wizards that brought him to Dallas along with Davis Bertans in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis, and the two exchanged many high-fives and chest taps.
Dinwiddie was also grateful that Doncic, a perennial MVP contender, trusted him enough to pass the ball to him with the game on the line once again.
Dinwiddie, who scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas recovered from a 12-point hole, said, “It’s a testament to him, because as a superstar it’s within your power, under your control.” “You have the ability to make others feel welcomed or unwelcome. You may either trust or distrust them. He’s a rock star. He was free to do anything he wished.”
Dinwiddie has been a big part of the Mavs’ transformation from a bad clutch club to one of the best in the NBA recently.
After a Feb. 2 home overtime defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas was lowest in the NBA in net rating in the clutch, having been outscored by 34.5 points per 100 possessions when the score was within five points in the last five minutes of regulation or overtime. Dallas has a plus-50.3 net rating in the clutch since then, far and by the highest in the NBA.
During that period, the Mavs are 11-2 in such games, enabling Dallas (43-26) to jump into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with the Utah Jazz.
Since being moved to Dallas, Dinwiddie, the Mavs’ sixth man, has scored 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 19 key minutes. With him on the court, the Mavs have outscored opponents by 39 points in such instances.
“We were playing possum,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd joked about his team’s clutch woes early in the season. “Luka, on the other hand, is always ready for a challenge. You make them sometimes and sometimes you don’t, but I believe that when we add another component like Spencer, who isn’t frightened, as you can see, it only strengthens you even more.”
Dinwiddie arrived in Dallas as a proven clutch performer and has added to that reputation. He has six go-ahead baskets in the final 10 seconds of games over the last five seasons, tied for second with reigning MVP Nikola Jokic behind only All-Star DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. He has boosted his clutch résumé with the Mavs while repairing an reputation that took a hit during his brief stint with the Wizards.
“After 30 games coming off an ACL, people claimed I was a nasty man, people said I was washed, all that stuff,” Dinwiddie said. “Nico, on the other hand, didn’t have to have that trust. He didn’t have to fire that shot, particularly with a guy of Porzingis’ level, an All-Star type player. As I have said, I was grateful to him.”
Dinwiddie, who is averaging 17.9 points on 50 percent shooting in a Dallas jersey, has helped the Mavs to a 9-2 record.
Jalen Brunson of the Mavericks remarked, “He’s been a fantastic teammate.” “It’s apparent that he enjoys his time with us.”
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