This game was just like every other Mavericks game this season — a double-digit comeback win thanks to a great second half without Luka Doncic or Kristaps Porzingis. Well okay, it was pretty absurd, but there are at least a few things you can take away from it:
22: The Jazz’s largest lead
With the Mavericks resting Doncic, Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith, the Utah Jazz were able to build a substantial lead. While the Mavericks struggled badly to make a three, the Jazz were knocking them down left and right. The Jazz stretched their lead to 22 with an Emanuel Mudiay three-pointer at the ten minute mark in the third quarter. But the Jazz would not play any of the starters in the second half, allowing the Mavericks to comeback and steal the game. The 22 point comeback is the largest the team has had since February 26, 2016 when Raymond Felton scored 16 points to overcome a 23 point Denver Nugget lead.
+21: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Plus/Minus
With a lot of Mavericks resting today, Kidd-Gilchrist was given a larger role. Prior to today, he had played 71 total minutes with the Mavericks since joining the team in February. He played 18 minutes in this game and made the most of it. His plus/minus is even more impressive when you consider he didn’t take a single shot. He made the biggest impact on the defensive side, posting a defensive rating of 76.5.
49: Combined points from Seth Curry and Tim Hardaway Jr.
The two wings have been inconsistent for a majority of their bubble play. Both players were looking to have a big game today with the bigger role they would be given. They both shot three-pointers at 50 percent or higher, and were also shooting over 70 percent from the field. Hopefully it proves to be a good confidence boost, especially for Curry who is dealing with leg soreness.