The Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 127-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. A 25 point, seven assist showing by Luka Doncic and 20 points from Kristaps Porzingis helped propel the Mavericks into cruise control for the fourth quarter. Here are some other notable numbers from the game:
30: The number of assists Dallas had on their 51 made field goals.
The assist to bucket ratio was even stronger before a rookie-heavy fourth quarter saw only four assists, but even still. For as good as an offensive team Dallas can be, they’re one of the worst passing teams in the NBA. They rank 27th in the league with a measly 22.6 passes per game - ahead of only the Trailblazers, the Knicks and the Rockets. So, needless to say, it was nice to see guys moving the ball and knocking down shots. Doncic and Jalen Brunson both finished the game with seven dimes.
1-9: Dallas’ record when Josh Richardson fails to score in double figures.
Tonight’s victory marks the first time this season that Dallas was able to grab a win without counting on the supplemental scoring of Richardson.
Still, the offense didn’t suffer too badly (they scored 127 after all), and they got great contributions from Porzingis with 20 and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 19. Not to mention an above-average night offensively for Dorian Finney-Smith, who finished with 12 points and a game-high plus-32 plus/minus.
44: Nicolò Melli’s jersey number - one that will surely hang from the rafters at the rate he’s showing out in Dallas.
As we wait for JJ Redick to join the team, Melli made his Mavericks debut with a high effort six points on 3-of-4 shooting. He was flying around out there, showing the kind of energy only a 30-year-old NBA sophomore who wants to land another NBA contract gives, and it was great to watch. Melli was plus-12 in his 11 well-rounded minutes, complete with three rebounds and a steal.