The Mavericks bounced back from a three game skid, beating the Pacers 124-112. Kristaps Porzingis led the way for Dallas with 27 points, while Luka Doncic had a pedestrian triple-double, putting up 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. Malcolm Brogdon had a team-high 26 for Indiana. Here are the important numbers from the Mavericks’ win.
68: Points in the paint for the Mavericks, a season high.
Dallas dominated in the paint, taking advantage of the absence of shot blocker Myles Turner. The Pacers started out the game blitzing Doncic on pick-and-rolls, leading to a ton of passes into the lane that led to easy buckets. It’s the most points in the paint for the Mavericks since they scored 70 against the Cavaliers on November 22, 2019.
8: The number of 3-pointers made by the Mavericks.
The Mavericks didn’t shoot well from deep against the Pacers, hitting a little less than 30 percent of their attempts from behind the arc. They still won, however, thanks to the huge advantage in scoring at the basket. It’s the first time the Mavericks have won a game while making 8 or less 3-pointers since December 2, 2018 against the Clippers.
50%: Trey Burke’s percentage of the team’s made 3-pointers.
Burke has been excellent from deep this season, shooting 41 percent from three on 4.4 attempts per game. That shooting shined against the Pacers, as Burke accounted for half of the Mavericks’ 3-pointers for the game.
52.6%: The Mavericks field goal percentage from the floor.
Shots closer to the basket are just easier to make. It should be no surprise that with so many easy baskets in the lane, Dallas was able to shoot 52.6 percent from the floor, their highest number of the season. Porzingis was particularly efficient, going 12-15, including 1-3 from deep.