On Thursday night, the Mavericks picked up a good win over the Lakers. Los Angeles was short-handed, as they are still without LeBron James and only got about 17 minutes out of a returning Anthony Davis. Regardless, a strong 18-point second half by Dennis Schroder and a 6-of-12 three point shooting night from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope kept it close. But in the game of runs, Dallas had enough juice to pull away with a win.
36: The number of free-throws attempted by Dallas
The Mavericks got to line a lot in this one. They shot 26-of-36 from the free-throw line, providing them with some much-needed insurance. Dallas hasn’t been a great free-throw shooting team this season, ranking just 17th in the league on the season and 21st since the All-Star Break in terms of percentages. 72.2 percent shooting in this game wasn’t exactly ideal, but it got the job done. Dallas attacked the basket all night against a physical Lakers defense.
Plus-18: Willie Cauley-Stein’s plus-minus
If you didn’t catch this game, it’s going to be hard to understand the impact Cauley-Stein had. His plus-minus was the highest on either team, but he also had 10 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. He also closed the game out in place of an injured Kristaps Porzingis. Add to that some really good plays on the defensive end and you’ve got yourself a really, really impactful game. He was just consistently active on both ends from the moment he stepped onto the floor.
11: The number of impactful minutes played by JJ Redick
Redick provided his most valuable minutes as a Maverick so far. He played seven minutes before the fourth quarter, but they were virtually silent and resulted in only one bucket. But when Redick checked into the game in the final frame, his impact was immediate. Reddick scored seven points in about four minutes played in the fourth quarter. He got to the basket easily and even had a nice no-look assist. If the Mavericks can continue to get impactful minutes from the veteran late in games, that will be a great resource as the season winds down.
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