The Dallas Mavericks have won three games in a row after defeating the Orlando Magic. While the Magic are depleted from injuries, the Mavericks were missing three key guys because of COVID protocols, so gutting out a win to put the team above .500 for the first time this season is impressive. Here are some key numbers from the Mavericks’ win:
16: The number of points Tim Hardaway Jr. scored in the third quarter
After a strong first half, the Mavericks let their foot off the gas and allowed the Magic to take a six-point lead after about five minutes of play. Hardaway then proceeded to score 15 of his 16 third-quarter points from the 5:49 mark, and the Mavericks took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Like last game, Hardaway gave the Mavericks juice when the team needed it most. He finished with 36 points which is the most he’s scored as a Maverick.
25: The number of 20-point triple-doubles by Luka Doncic
Doncic has now notched a triple-double in two of the last three games, and was one rebound shy against Denver from reaching the feat in three consecutive games. The “out of shape” narrative is quickly fading. Doncic is dominating again.
Tonight marks the 25th career 20-point triple-double of Luka Dončić’s young career.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 10, 2021
Dončić has now passed Elgin Baylor (24) for the 12th-most 20-point triple-doubles in @NBA history. pic.twitter.com/NCEW8ehgPi
42: The number of points the Mavericks outscored the Magic from behind the arc
The Mavericks went 20-of-40 while the Magic connected on only 6-of-31. That’s about all there is to it from this game. Hardaway canned eight of his 13 attempts and Trey Burke splashed in seven of his eight tries. The Mavericks dominated from behind the arc, and they won’t lose very many (if any) with this kind of differential.