The Mavericks finished off the best win of their season Saturday night against the Bucks and there were some truly wild numbers. Luka Doncic had a historic night and Dorian Finney-Smith careered in a big way. Let’s get to some of the numbers that contributed to this win.
16-0: the clutch scoring run from Dallas
With 2:38 left in the fourth quarter, Eric Bledsoe made a jumper that pushed the Bucks lead to seven points. Little did Milwaukee know, this would be the last time they scored until there was less than three minutes left in overtime. Say what you want about the Mavericks late game woes — they’ve been bad.
But tonight, as a dialed-in Luka Doncic created looks for his teammates, they were able to climb back into this game. This is exactly the kind of performance the Mavericks needed. Their offense maintained its fluidity and kept running throughout clutch which enabled them to come back and win this one.
37: the Mavericks assist total
The offense really caught a rhythm in this game. The ball didn’t get stuck in anyone’s hands for too long which opened up good looks. Dorian Finney-Smith took advantage of this and had one of the best games of his career, scoring 27 points and making 6-of-12 three pointers. Maxi Kleber and Trey Burke made a combined five three-pointers off the bench which helped the Mavericks maintain a lead. Dallas should’ve shot a lot better than 32 percent from deep tonight, but the nice passing and floor spacing still allowed shooters to get their shots. 19 of those assists were from Luka Doncic, a new career high.
-16: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s plus/minus
The reigning MVP had a pretty good line in this game. Antetokounmpo scored 34 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and blocked five shots. But where he really struggled was shooting the ball. Giannis made just one of his seven three point attempts, and shot 50 percent from the free throw line on 14 attempts. A couple of those free throw line misses were complete air balls. Whatever it was tonight, Antetokounmpo was simply unable to lead his team to victory. For reference, his teammate Brook Lopez, who also had 34 points, had a plus/minus of plus-four.
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