Mikal Bridges scored 26 of his 42 points in the first quarter to help the Brooklyn Nets snap the Orlando Magic’s franchise record-tying nine-game winning streak with a 129-101 victory on Saturday.
Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony each had 20 points for the Magic, who were bidding for the first 10-game win streak in team history but never caught up after Brooklyn opened a 43-22 lead after 12 minutes.
Spencer Dinwiddie added 22 points and Cam Thomas contributed 20 for the Nets, who sent Orlando to its first loss since Nov. 14 and won for the fourth time in five games.
Bridges’ 26 points were the most in the opening period of any game since Dallas’ Luka Dončić had 28 against the Clippers in the 2021-22 season.
The Magic trimmed the deficit to 89-80 with 2:37 left in the third quarter, but Dinwiddie answered by outscoring Orlando 9-5 to increase Brooklyn’s lead to 98-85 heading into the fourth quarter.
Mikal got BUCKETS! pic.twitter.com/Gk6mas9i3W— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 3, 2023
Thunder rally past Mavericks after allowing 30-0 run
Jalen Williams led eight players in double figures with 23 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 126-120 despite allowing an NBA-record 30-0 run in the fourth quarter.
The franchise-record surge took the Mavericks from a 111-87 deficit to a 117-111 lead with 4:18 remaining. Dallas led 120-116 before Oklahoma City scored the game’s final 10 points, the first four by Chet Holmgren.
Luka Doncic returned after missing one game following the birth of his daughter and notched his 59th career regular-season triple-double with 36 points, 18 assists and 15 rebounds in a season-high 46 minutes.
Showed resolve to the finish pic.twitter.com/1IFSHttCLq— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 3, 2023
Hot-shooting Pacers beat Heat
Despite playing without leading scorer Tyrese Haliburton, the Indiana Pacers shot a blistering 66 percent from the field in a 144-129 win over the Miami Heat.
Obi Toppin led six players in double digits with 22 points and T.J. McConnell added 20 and 11 assists off the bench for Indiana, which connected on 56 of 85 from the field for 65.9 percent, the second-best rate in team history.
The Pacers shot 67 percent against Minnesota on Oct. 24, 2017.
Jimmy Butler scored 33 points as Miami clearly missed Bam Adebayo on the defensive end. Adebayo has a bruised left hip and isn’t expected to play again until Friday against Cleveland at the earliest.
everybody delivered tonight pic.twitter.com/MSBLvxVmsY— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) December 3, 2023