Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Nets fire Johnson for falloff

NEW YORK — Coach of the month in November, out of a job by New Year's.

The Nets have elevated expectations this season, and a .500 record wasn't good enough. Coach Avery Johnson was fired Thursday, his team having lost 10 of 13 games after a strong start to its first season in Brooklyn.

"We don't have the same fire now that we did when we were 11-4," general manager Billy King said. "I tried to talk to Avery about it, and we just can't figure it out. The same pattern kept on happening."

Assistant P.J. Carlesimo will coach the Nets (14-14) on an interim basis, starting tonight. The Nets might reach out to other candidates but for now the job is Carlesimo's, King said. The GM wouldn't comment on a report the team would contact former Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

The decision to dismiss Johnson was made with owner Mikhail Prokhorov, King said.

"I didn't see this coming," Johnson said. "Fair or unfair, it's time for a new voice, and hopefully they'll get back on track."

Game highlights: Kevin Durant scored 40, and Russell Westbrook had eight of his 16 points in overtime as the Thunder beat the Mavericks 111-105 for its 11th straight win at home.

Around the league: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will sit out tonight's game against Detroit after the NBA suspended him without pay for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of the Bobcats' Ramon Sessions on Wednesday. … Lakers center Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA for a flagrant foul Wednesday against Denver's Kenneth Faried. Howard was ejected after he jammed his hand in Faried's face.

Thunder 111, Mavs 105, OT

DALLAS (105): Da.Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Marion 5-12 4-4 14, Kaman 7-14 3-3 17, D.Collison 13-22 2-2 32, Mayo 1-7 1-3 4, Nowitzki 3-11 2-2 9, Brand 3-5 0-0 6, Carter 3-10 0-0 9, Douglas-Roberts 2-5 0-0 4, Crowder 1-2 1-1 4, Do.Jones 2-5 1-1 6. Totals 40-95 14-16 105.

OKLAHOMA CITY (111): Durant 13-28 10-10 40, Ibaka 7-10 5-8 19, Perkins 0-6 0-0 0, Westbrook 7-20 2-3 16, Sefolosha 3-7 0-0 8, Martin 6-12 4-4 18, N.Collison 0-1 2-2 2, Thabeet 1-2 0-1 2, Jackson 2-7 0-0 6. Totals 39-93 23-28 111.

Dallas 29 16 36 17 7— 105

Oklahoma City 21 22 30 25 13— 111

3-Point GoalsDallas 11-24 (D.Collison 4-4, Carter 3-6, Do.Jones 1-1, Crowder 1-2, Nowitzki 1-4, Mayo 1-5, Marion 0-1, Douglas-Roberts 0-1), Okl City 10-25 (Durant 4-8, Jackson 2-4, Martin 2-4, Sefolosha 2-6, Westbrook 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 55 (Marion 9), Okl City 61 (Ibaka 17). AssistsDallas 22 (Marion 7), Okl City 23 (Westbrook 10). Total FoulsDallas 19, Okl City 18. TechnicalsDallas three second. A18,203.

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