The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz 111-103 Monday night. The Mavericks led pretty much wire to wire, taking the lead in the first quarter and never relinquishing it. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play due to a sudden wrist ailment, but it didn’t matter.
Luka Doncic was brilliant, scoring 31 points, as well as collecting nine rebounds and eight assists. Mike Conley led the way for the Jazz, putting up 28 points and seven assists. The Mavericks snapped Utah’s nine game win streak with their victory.
Here are three stats from a much-needed win over one of the best teams in the Western Conference:
0: The number of points Maxi Kleber and Nicolo Melli scored
Melli got the start with Porzingis out, and though he provided hustle on defense and rebounded well, he shot poorly. The recent addition from New Orleans shot 0-5 from deep. Kleber wasn’t much better, missing the two shots he took.
Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all scored at least 15 points. Dwight Powell chipped in four points. That was it. That was enough for the Mavericks to win handily over the Jazz. Doncic scoring more than 30 points helped with that, but it’s still pretty incredible to win so easily when two of the starters didn’t score at all.
46.9%: The Mavericks’ three-point percentage
The Mavericks hit 23 three-point field goals, almost doubling how many the Jazz made (12). Dallas is simply a different team when they shoot like this. They can hang with any other contender in the NBA when their role players are consistent from deep. The Jazz guarded Finney-Smith with Rudy Gobert, who sagged off of him into the paint and dared him to make shots, which he did. Finney-Smith finished 5-of-12 from behind the arc, scoring a season-high 23 points. Richardson was perfect on theee-pointers as he made each of his five attempts, while Doncic went 6-of-11. The only Mavericks who couldn’t convert from three were Kleber and Melli.
+13.8: The average margin of victory during the current five game win streak
The Mavericks are on a roll, and it shows on the scoreboard. They’ve defeated the Thunder, Knicks and Wizards by double digits. The eight point spread against the Jazz could have easily been the same. The only close game in the past week was against the Celtics, which the Mavericks won by five. But that score looks closer than the game actually was, as Dallas dominated for three quarters before letting the Celtics creep back into contention late in the fourth.
The Jazz were the only truly great team the Mavericks have played in this five game stretch, but Dallas isn’t in a position to pick apart which games matter more. The Mavericks need as many wins as they can get as they try to move up the standings and avoid the play-in tournament.