Mavericks guard Devin Harris' brother, Bruce, dies in car crash in Dallas

Bruce Harris, brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris, died Thursday afternoon as a result of injuries suffered in an early morning car crash on a Dallas expressway, according to The Dallas Morning News.

A car driven by a 23-year-old male and a passenger of the same age struck a disabled vehicle containing Bruce Harris, 38, and a 36-year-old passenger around 1:40 a.m. on the Central Expressway near the Dallas neighborhood of Walnut Hill, rupturing the gas tank and setting the vehicle ablaze, the report said. Bruce Harris was pronounced dead almost 11 hours later at Presbyterian Hospital.

Mavericks guard Devin Harris lost his brother in a fatal car accident in Dallas on Thursday. (AP)

The tragedy is eerily reminiscent of the auto accident that claimed the life of Isaiah Thomas’ sister Chyna on the eve of the playoffs this past April. Fighting through tears, Thomas played for the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls the following night.

Devin Harris scored 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Mavs in their season opening loss Wednesday night in Dallas against the Atlanta Hawks. He was excused from Thursday’s practice, per The Dallas Morning News.

Obviously, there is no urgency behind the 36-year-old veteran’s return to the team, although the court often provides a respite for professional athletes from the pain of losing a family member.