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5 stats that pop off the page from the Mavericks’ 125-110 win over the Grizzlies

The building blocks of a 3-0 start

Dallas Mavericks v Memphis Grizzlies
Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against Derrick Rose #23 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at FedExForum on October 30, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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The Dallas Mavericks (3-0) couldn’t dominate a depleted Memphis Grizzlies (0-4) roster Monday, but they did enough to keep Memphis at arm’s length down the stretch in the 125-110 win. And the numbers, as they do so often, told the tale.

It was yet another 30-point triple-double for the protagonist of this story, Luka Dončić. The 3-pointers were raining early. Mavs fans got an incredibly productive night from an incredibly unlikely suspect.

Stir it all together and the Mavs are off to a promising start this year.

15-of-26: Mavericks first half three point shooting as a team

The Mavericks set the tone early by cashing in 15-of-26 first-half 3-pointers. It looked like it would be one of those really prolific Mavericks games for a while. But in the second half the Mavericks used, dare we say it, a little bit of defense to keep the Grizzlies at bay after taking a 67-61 lead into halftime.

The Mavs shot 4-of-11 from three in the second half, so the efficiency didn’t wane as much as the sheer volume did.

48%: Luka Doncic’s three point percentage this season

After shooting 6-of-12 from distance Monday night, Dončić is now 18-of-37 from 3-point land to open the year. That’s 48% in the first three games of the year, and no matter how small the sample size, you love to see it if you’re a Mavericks fan. He looked more than comfortable on his step-back Monday night against the Grizz.

And while we’re talking about folks who shot well from 3-point land, Tim Hardaway Jr. was 3-for-7 from deep in his 21-point effort. The team went 23-of-47 from deep in Memphis.

2: Luka Doncic triple-doubles this season

With his second 30-point triple-double in the first three games of the 2023-24 season, Dončić became just the third player in NBA history to have multiple 30-point triple-doubles through the first three games of the season, according to NBA Stats & Info. Oscar Robertson did it in the first three games of the season in 1961, and Russell Westbrook did it in 2016.

22: Points scored by Derrick Jones Jr.

Derrick Jones Jr. introduced himself to Mavericks fans in a big way on Monday, with 22 big points, on 7-of-10 shooting, including, yes, 4-of-6 from deep. He has been something of a head-scratching fixture in the starting lineup in the first three games of the year, but he showed up in a big way against the Grizzlies. He was a plus-12 in his 27 minutes.

He scored 10 of those points in the second quarter, as the Mavericks struggled to establish a lead. The 22 points was three shy of his career high. He scored 25 against the Clippers in February of 2020.

52-34: Grizzlies advantage in points in the paint

Here’s one the Mavericks had to overcome on their way to the 125-110 win. The Grizzlies outscored the Mavericks 52-34 in the paint Monday night. It was a big reason the outcome of the game wasn’t decided earlier on.

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