After reaching .500 for the first time in a while, the Dallas Mavericks laid an egg against the superior Philadelphia 76ers. The Mavericks were outmanned with Kristaps Porzingis missing his third straight game, and the 76ers took advantage of the Mavericks weakness in the frontcourt while bullying Dallas into a sloppy game.
Here are some numbers to takeaway from the beatdown:
22: The number of turnovers by the Mavericks
Philadelphia’s size and length clearly bothered the Mavericks, who coughed it up 22 times yielding 22 points for the 76ers off the turnovers. Luka Doncic had a team-high seven turnovers as Ben Simmons harassed and made him uncomfortable the entire night. At one point the 76ers were able to trap Doncic with both Simmons and Tobias Harris showing off their length and versatility. Most teams can’t recover giving the other team 22 extra possessions, and the Mavericks are no different.
24: The percent of field goals made by the Maverick centers
Boban Marjanovic went 3-of-11, Dwight Powell missed both of his field goals, and Willie Cauley-Stein connected on only 1-of-4 from the field. Powell and Cauley-Stein both fumbled two egregious should-be dunks while Marjanovic wasted many should-be assists from Doncic. In total, the trio combined for 15 points, whereas Joel Embiid and Dwight Howard combined for 37 points. It was a pitiful display from the Mavericks’ big men while Howard looked like superman from his Orlando Magic days.
50: The number of points scored in the paint by the 76ers
The Mavericks simply have no shot blockers and the 76ers took full advantage. Howard and Simmons lived in the paint generating easy buckets for most of the night. The Mavericks elected to start Marjanovic to counteract Embiid’s strength and size, but Marjanovic isn’t a paint protector, and Powell stood no chance swiping and fouling at Embiid any time he was in. The Mavericks will continue to struggle with dominant big men as the roster isn’t constructed to handle pressure at the basket.