The Dallas Mavericks laid a gigantic egg against the Memphis Grizzlies, 133-104. Luka Doncic, the tone-setter, played one of his worst games of the season, and the entire team followed suit. Memphis faced no resistance from the Dallas defense, forcing Rick Carlisle to waive the white flag midway through the fourth quarter.
Here are a few numbers to know from the loss:
201: The number of threes made by Tim Hardaway Jr. this season
We’ll start with the good stuff first. Per the Mavericks’ PR, Hardaway has now recorded two of the three instances a Mavericks player has made 200 or more triples in a season, and the 22nd player in NBA history with multiple seasons of 200 or more made threes. Hardaway made three total from behind the arc propelling him to a 19-point night on 6-of-11 shooting. Hardaway is well on his way to a career season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. just hit his 200th 3-pointer of the season. Hardaway Jr. has now recorded two of the Mavericks’ three seasons with 200+ 3FG in franchise history.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) May 12, 2021
257, George McCloud, 1995-96
204, Tim Hardaway Jr., 2019-20
*200, Tim Hardaway Jr., 2020-21 pic.twitter.com/IL2edlwiQm
Minus-23: Luka Doncic’s plus-minus
Meaning Dallas was outscored by 23 points in Doncic’s 26 minutes. It was a pitiful performance from the Mavericks’ All-NBA hopeful, who arguably played his worst game of the season. He had more turnovers (5) than made field goals (4) and was plagued with sloppy, lethargic play. He was a step slow, failing to get by defenders and was picked multiple times dribbling precariously with the ball.
It also didn’t help that he took a rough tumble near the end of the first half, smacking his body against the concrete while going after a loose ball out of bounds. We’ll see if Doncic’s back will hold up tomorrow against New Orleans.
21: The number of fastbreak points scored by the Grizzlies
Memphis outscored Dallas by 15 points on the break, and it was really a microcosm of the game as a whole. The Grizzlies looked quick, spry and engaged, while the Mavericks looked slow, flat and lethargic. Directly related, the Grizzlies scored 23 points off the Mavericks 13 turnovers. The Grizzlies hot shooting only compounded on top of the Mavericks inability to protect the ball and limit transition points.
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