The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers by 40-points Sunday night in Portland. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks were sensational from three-point land tonight which allowed Dallas to be in cruise control for much of the second half. The Mavericks improved to 22-19 on the season, 11-10 on the road.
Here are a few numbers from the blowout win:
43%: Luka Doncic’s 3P% since February 1st
Luka Doncic made his first eight threes, finishing 8-9 and tying his career-high for three-point makes in a game. After a rough three-point shooting percentage to start the season, Doncic is 72-165 (43.3%) since February 1st.
When asked about his shooting performance from three tonight after the game, Luka said: “All I gotta say is I should have made the last one.”
He is now up to 37% for the season, an unreal increase from his 9.5% cold start in December. When Luka is shooting like this, he is quite literally unstoppable. Carlisle after the game: “When he’s in that rhythm and is mixing in the drives and the threes, he’s virtually impossible to deal with.”
9-0: Mavericks record when holding opponents under 100-points
The Mavericks are undefeated when holding their opponent under 100 points. That is now five times in Dallas’s last thirteen games where they have held their opponent under 100. I’ve saved the season, y’all. It’s that simple! I’m obviously joking...
Although tonight seemed to be more about Portland being tired and missing shots, it is important to reiterate the importance of defense as the Mavericks continue to rise up the standings.
37: Luka Doncic points through 3 quarters
Fun Fact: Luka Doncic’s 37 points through 3 quarters ties Dirk Nowitzki (always love mentioning any stat that involved Dirk) for the most points by any Maverick in the last 25 seasons in only 3 quarters of play.
Luka Dončić finished the first three quarters of tonight’s game with 37 points, his most through three quarters in his career (prev. 35 vs. GSW, 11/20/19).— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) March 22, 2021
The 37 points by Dončić ties Dirk Nowitzki (2x) for the most by any Maverick through 3 quarters over the last 25 seasons. pic.twitter.com/EWln5Orshu
It’s not every night you can sit your starters the whole 4th quarter when playing a team you’re chasing in the standings. The Mavericks have a rare two-day break before they play at the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.