It wasn’t always pretty, but the Mavericks came away with a 93-83 victory against the Heat on New Year’s Day. After Wednesday’s effort against the Hornets, just notching a win is something to be excited about. The Mavericks improved to 2-3 on the year.
Luka Doncic led the way with 27 points for Dallas, while Bam Adebayo put up a team high 19 for Miami. Here are four interesting stats from the game.
One: The number of assists Doncic needs to reach 1,000 for his career.
Doncic ended the night with seven assists, leaving him one shy of 1,000 for his young career. He’ll likely reach the milestone in his 138th career game, though it could have been much sooner with a little more help from his teammates. Doncic is currently tenth in the NBA in potential assists at 14.5, while his actual assist numbers stand at 6.3. He’s 89 assists away from passing Jim Jackson for 12th all-time in franchise history.
38: Number of times Doncic has led the Mavericks in Points, Rebounds, and Assists
Doncic is on perpetual triple-double watch, and the stat above is evidence. He’s now tied with Dirk Nowitzki for the most times leading in those three key stats. The big difference? Nowitzki needed 21 seasons to put up that stat. Doncic is five games into his third year. Michael Finley is next on the list with 15 instances.
15: Doncic’s number of rebounds
The Mavericks have been struggling on the boards all season, so it was nice to see Doncic come out and be an aggressive rebounder. His 15 rebounds led all players on both teams, and set a gritty tone in a game that ended up being quite a grind. The Heat are a poor team on the glass, but when your best player makes rebounding a priority, it ripples throughout the whole team.
32: The Mavericks 3-point percentage for the season
Another issue for Dallas this season is shooting from behind the arc. They’re currently in the bottom third of the league, only hitting roughly 32% of their 3-pointers. This is a significant drop from the previous season, when they hit 36% from deep, good enough for tenth in the league. Hopefully the poor shooting is a slow start, because the Mavericks have made shooting a ton of 3-pointers a large part of their game plan.