Mavericks vs. Nets: Miscues Down the Stretch Lead To New Jersey Loss

January 22nd, 2011 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Nets are going to be kicking themselves for losing to the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night.

The Nets had a great opportunity to beat one of the NBA's elite teams and win three straight in the process, but were downed by a number of missed opportunities in the game's final minutes.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki shook off a very poor shooting night (seven of 24 from the field) to hit the game-winning bucket with six seconds left. It's what All-Stars do.

The Nets had a chance to win it with a basket of their own as the buzzer sounded. They ran a play with Devin Harris getting the ball outside the three-point arc and Kris Humphries setting a screen a few feet beyond the free throw line that Harris utilized.

It seemed as though Harris was then expecting Humphries to roll to the basket, which he did not, and the point guard ended up forcing a pass to Jordan Farmar, who was unable to get a shot off in time, resulting in a Dallas win, 87-86.

After the game, coach Avery Johnson said the play was designed for Brook Lopez, but Harris did not appear to ever look at the center.

Harris could be seen talking to Humphrie ...

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