The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Houston Rockets, 101-92, in Dallas Wednesday night. The Rockets didn’t exactly play well, but the Mavericks didn’t make them pay for it. Dallas missed a ton of shots and refused to capitalize on the Houston mistakes.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led all scorers with 28 points. Christian Wood chipped in 26 points off the bench to go along with eight rebounds. Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green led the Rockets in scoring with 17 points each. Alperen Sengun blocked five shots.
Here are three numbers from the game:
0: The number of Mavericks starters who scored in double digits
The Dallas starters were outscored by Hardaway, 28-27. That’s bad. The Mavericks missed an incredible amount of shots, and it showed on the stat sheet. Reggie Bullock scored zero points on 0-of-6 shooting. Luka Doncic or no, the Mavericks have to get more out of their starters.
19: The number of blocked shots by the Rockets
Houston was a menace on defense tonight. They’re not a good team, but they really get after it when defending. Per Stathead, this is only the 35th time a team has recorded that many blocks since the NBA started recording it as a stat in 1973.
23: The number of turnovers committed by the team that won, the Rockets
The Mavericks were plus-17 in turnovers and still managed to lose. I cannot comprehend how the Rockets were able to win with a turnover margin that bad. It will take some time for me to recover from this stat alone. What a weird and not fun game.
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