All caught up? Good. Here are the key numbers which we thought were worth knowing for the big road victory which started a true winning streak!
34: Jalen Brunson’s positive plus-minus in just 25 minutes
After some post All-Star game stumbles, Jalen Brunson once again looks fantastic off the bench and his recent game log proves just how efficient he’s been over time. He’s shooting the ball well, distributing, getting rebounds, and generally helping give the Mavericks a spark as well as bringing home wins like he did against the Celtics on Wednesday.
But a plus-34 in 25 minutes is absurd. Look at the box score, only Maxi Kleber comes close with that rating, but Maxi’s box score contributions back up the numbers past just being on the court.
5: This is the fifth opponent the Mavericks held to under 90 points
In the super charged era of offensive basketball, holding a team under 100 is a recipe for success. 90 is a whole different level and though Dallas was aided by Knick futility, New York didn’t shoot under 40% on their own. That last feat is something they’ve accomplished just eight times this year.
It’s unclear if the Mavericks are an average, let alone good, defensive team. But they are certainly capable of playing good defense, they just have to commit all game. Kristaps Porzingis was huge in this regard Friday night.
1: Jamahl Mosley’s first win as a NBA head coach
With Rick Carlisle missing the game due to COVID-19 protocols (he’s fine and will be back with the team tomorrow), first chair assistant Jamahl Mosley got to lead the team from the bench and secured his first win. He’s a good coach and the players respond to him. Here’s some wholesome content to send you in to your weekend.