The Dallas Mavericks are starting to figure it out. A loss to the Sixers on Thursday stung, but Dallas will end the month of February with a win over the league’s hottest team. Even with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant out for the game, this was a victory that could give the Mavericks some momentum. James Harden scored 29 points and dished out six assists, but it still wasn’t enough as Brooklyn’s eight-game winning streak came to an end. Let’s look at some numbers:
9 Mavericks tally at least one steal
The Mavericks, who have only two players averaging at least one steal per game this season, put on a defensive clinic tonight. The Nets and Mavericks have both been given grief over their defenses this season, but tonight, it seemed like every Maverick gave a lot of energy on that side of the court. That showed not only in Brooklyn committing 19 turnovers, but also with Dallas holding the Nets to only 34 points in the entire second half.
Dallas is now 14-0 in games where they lead after the first quarter
The Mavericks are proving that hot starts are becoming vital to their success. The 14 wins Dallas has collected after a first-quarter lead is the league-high. The Mavericks are once again struggling with clutch woes, as they rank 20th in clutch net rating this season. Luckily for Dallas, their starts are putting them in a position to succeed.
The Mavericks are 11-2 when they make 14 or more threes this season
Dallas started their season with one of the ugliest shooting stretches I had seen. Sitting dead last in three-point efficiency for the majority of the front of the schedule, Dallas has finally snapped out of that rut and is finding a rhythm from deep. The Mavericks will finish the month of February without a game where they shot below 30 percent from deep. That’s something that happened in eight games heading into the month. If they can continue to make shots at this rate, that 11-2 record will prove to be no fraud.