Who would have thought after all their offseason additions, the Mavericks would turn their current season around by playing better on offense than last season? I didn’t!
Dallas notched another win on Monday night, a 130-124 shootout against the Magic. The Mavericks are now a game over .500 for the first time since Jan. 22 and they have a molten-lava offense to thank for it.
Let’s just dive right into the numbers:
50: Luka Doncic’s three point percentage
Entering the first game of March, Doncic was in some sort of groove. He connected on 43.5 percent of his three pointers for the month of February, probably the most impressive long-range shooting month of his NBA career. Against the Magic, he kept it up, going a scorching 5-of-10 from deep.
Is this for real? I don’t know yet, but it sure as hell is fun. Doncic looks extremely comfortable from the perimeter right now and he rocked Magic defenders to sleep all night before blasting them with a step-back triple. What makes it feel real is that Doncic isn’t relying on these bombs to bail out a poor offensive possession — Doncic is taking and making more catch and shoot threes, while also using the space provided by Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the Mavericks offense to not be hounded on every attempt.
20: Orlando Magic made three pointers
Somehow, someway, this depleted Magic roster made 20-of-41 from deep. The Mavericks defense is bad, but even if they repeated this bad defense against the Magic tomorrow, I doubt the Magic make that many threes. Just a weird, weird game.
Nikola Vucevic did most of the damage, going 5-of-8 from three, but he was joined by Evan Fournier with an identical shooting line from deep. Both the Mavericks and Magic starters each made 12 three pointers. If you were told that stat before the game, you’d probably think the Mavericks lost. It is very rare for an NBA team to win a game when their opponent is so proficient from three, but the Mavericks found a way.
29:8: Mavericks assist-to-turnover ratio
Outside of Doncic and Jalen Brunson, the Mavericks offense didn’t do too much. Porzingis, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. all had poor shooting nights. Typically that can spell trouble for Dallas, but it made up for it with exquisite ball movement.
Doncic only had nine assists, but he could have had 20. Dallas was zipping the ball all over the court, evidenced by seven players having two or more assists. Every Maverick that played except for Dwight Powell notched at least one assist. This might have been the cripest ball movement the Mavericks have in a single game all season.
The Magic were helpless against the Mavericks powered up offensive machine. Even though he wasn’t consistently making shots, Porzingis’ mere presence shifts the balance on the court dramatically. Orlando is lucky Dallas didn’t drop 150 on them.