Mavs too much for shorthanded Nets

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    AERIAL DUEL: Mavericks star Luka Doncic shoots over Nets forward Jeff Green in second half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    LUKA Doncic scored 27 points and the visiting Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the second half for a 115-98 victory on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) over the Brooklyn Nets, who saw their season-high winning streak snapped at eight games.

    The Mavericks won for the eighth time in 11 games and bounced back nicely from a 97-111 loss in Philadelphia. Dallas held Brooklyn to 34 points after halftime.

    Doncic shot 11 of 21 from the floor, added seven assists and six rebounds and had plenty of help.

    Kristaps Porzingis returned from missing three games with a back injury and added 18 points.

    Jalen Brunson contributed 14, Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 13 and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 12 as the Mavericks shot 52.3 percent and hit 14 3-pointers. The Nets were without Kyrie Irving (right shoulder) and Kevin Durant (left hamstring).

    In other games, it was the Wizards 128, Wolves 112; Jazz 124, Magic 109; Spurs 117, Pelicans 114; Cavs 112, Sixers 109; Knicks 110, Pacers 107; and Nuggets 126, Thunder 96.

    Wizards 128, Wolves 112

    Backcourt mates Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook continued to terrorize opponents, combining for 53 points, 22 rebounds and 18 assists in Washington’s win over visiting Minnesota.

    Beal finished with a game-high 34 points while Westbrook recorded a second straight triple-double with 19 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a game-high 12 assists as the Wizards won for the seventh time in their last eight games.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had a team-high 23 points, with 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists to lead Minnesota, which lost its seventh straight.

    Jazz 124, Magic 109

    Donovan Mitchell led seven Utah players in double figures with 31 points as the visiting Jazz bounced back after a rare loss to beat Orlando.

    Jordan Clarkson continued his Sixth Man of the Year quest with 18 points off the bench. All-Star center Rudy Gobert contributed 12 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, Joe Ingles added 17 points and seven assists, and Georges Niang fired in 13 points.

    All-Star Nikola Vucevic was a one-man wrecking crew for Orlando, scoring 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists. Evan Fournier chipped in 16 points.