The Dallas Mavericks lost a close one against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night, falling 112-109. If you want to read about the loss in more detail, click here. Otherwise, we’re going to jump straight into the numbers which mattered in the fifth Dallas loss of the season.
22 to 5: Second chance points make a huge difference
On the one hand, the Mavericks only lost the offensive rebounding battle 16 to 10. Then there’s that maddening second chances points battle where Dallas got pummeled. Of the variety of choices of things which directly contributed to the Mavericks losing, being -17 on these kinds of points is the easiest culprit.
6 of 13: Missed free throws add insult to injury
In a game decided by so few points, this is another data point to stab you in the eyes. Ignore the fact that the Bucks doubled up Dallas on free throw attempts (25 to 13), this is something that always haunts the Mavericks in a close loss. Luka Doncic missed four all by himself but that no Maverick shot greater than 50% stands out like a sore thumb.
40: the amount of seconds the Mavericks led the second half
This one’s pretty obvious. It would’ve been crazy to steal this game from the Bucks but it’s hard if you can never actually take the lead. When Dallas did so around the three minute mark it briefly felt like they’d gotten over the hump, but it wasn’t meant to be.
9: Total bench rebounds
A terrible number no matter how you slice it. ‘Trey Burke and James Johnson played 28 and 29 minutes respectively and combined for just three rebounds (and Trey had all three). That’s a pretty crushing number in a game where rebounding played a big part of the loss.