The Dallas Mavericks got themselves off on the right foot by winning Game 1 against the Clippers. It wasn’t always pretty but the Mavericks did what they needed to do to secure a win. Here are the numbers you need to know.
31/10/11: The number of points, rebounds and assists Luka had in another playoff triple double
The most important stat of the game belongs to the most important Maverick. Role players were fantastic, but as is always the case, the Mavericks success revolved around the virtuoso performance of Luka.
54: The combined number of points for Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr and Jalen Brunson.
Luka was not the only Maverick to step up under the pressure of the playoff crucible. This trio of Mavericks provided 54 big points on a combined 19-of-29 shooting and 9-of-15 from three point range. With the Clippers trapping Doncic hard after his impressive start, these players provided the necessary relief to the pressure.
30.8 and 20: Kristaps Porzingis shooting percentage from the floor and three point range.
Unfortunately not all of the Mavericks stats were good. Kristaps Porzingis struggled mightily shooting 4-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-5 from the three point line. His struggles were a large reason that the contributions of Finney-Smith, Hardaway and Brunson were so important. To put it simply Porzingis has to be better, but it was great to see him finish the game with two dunks to help close things out.
Bonus Stat! 3: The number of games the Mavericks need to win to advance to the second round of the playoffs since the 2011 championship season.
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