The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night in Memphis, winning 120-113. The game was never really in doubt. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks didn’t play with their food and attacked the struggling Grizzlies early.
Jaren Jackson Jr. led all scorers with 41 points. Desmond Bane, always a problem for the Mavericks, scored 28 and dished out eight assists.
Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists. He also hit the 1,000th 3-pointer of his career! Dereck Lively II grabbed 17 rebounds and scored 16 points, notching his fourth double-double of his career. Jaden Hardy scored 19 off the bench.
Here are three numbers from the game:
1: The number of corner 3’s by Doncic
Doncic hit a corner three in this game. Why is that remarkable? It’s his first corner three of the season, per Tim Cato of The Athletic. It makes sense, as Doncic usually has the ball in his hands and those corner 3’s are usually reserved for more limited players. Still, it would be nice for the Mavericks to get him in that corner more often in off-ball situations, such as when Kyrie Irving is working a pick-and-roll at the top of the floor. It would be a chance for Doncic to still threaten defenses, but without having to expound so much energy.
7: The number of consecutive 30-point games by Doncic
It’s becoming common place for the Mavericks’ superstar to just put up points with ease. With his 35 points tonight, Doncic has scored at least 30 points in seven consecutive games. That’s tied for the longest streak in the NBA this season, matching Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant. Dallas faces off against the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow night, and they’ll be much more stout on defense. Add in the fact that the Mavericks will be on the second night of a back-to-back, and it’s possible the streak will be in jeopardy.
17: The number of rebounds for Dereck Lively tonight, a career-high
Lively was matched up against one of the better big men in the NBA in Jackson, and he didn’t back down. Jackson played for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup this summer, and he put up big numbers against an injury ravaged Mavericks team. But Lively stayed aggressive and dominated on the boards, notching his new career-high on the glass, which contributed in no small part to the Dallas win. (Note: the Mavericks say Lively had 17, the NBA box score says 16, we are embracing mystery and going with the fun number.)