SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 15 points, JJ Barea added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Philadelphia 76ers 115-112 on Monday night to earn a split of the teams’ NBA China Games series.
Dallas’ Ding Yanyuhang played the final 8:33 of the game, much to the delight of the fans in his native China. He missed the teams’ matchup when the China Games began Friday because of knee soreness and finished with one point.
Joel Embiid led all scorers with 29 points for Philadelphia, going 11 for 16 from 2-point range – though he did miss all six of his 3-point tries. Robert Covington scored 18 points for the 76ers, who got 10 points apiece from JJ Redick and Ben Simmons.
Redick made his first shot Monday, meaning he started 11 for 11 on the China trip. He made all 10 of his shots in Philadelphia’s win over Dallas on Friday and finished 4 for 9 on Monday.
There were six lead changes and two ties in the fourth quarter alone, and the game went down to the very last moment. Daryl Macon made one of two free throws with 13 seconds left to put Dallas up by two, and Brunson added a free throw following his steal to push the Mavericks’ lead to three.
Demetrius Jackson missed a 3-pointer at the end that would have tied it for Philadelphia.