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Quote board: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway, and Jason Kidd speak after destroying the Jazz

Key players speak after the 50 point Maverick win

Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Sam Hodde/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks got to work early against a depleted Utah Jazz team and ended up winning by a ridiculous 50-point margin, with a final score of 147-97. Every Maverick got in on the action and there were a lot of crazy numbers associated with the win. After the game, head coach Jason Kidd spoke to the media as did Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway. Here’s what they had to say:

Jason Kidd

(On the team’s complete performance tonight...)

“Yeah [that is one of the most complete team performances this season]. It was good. I thought the starters set the tone in both halves. Everybody who played, played the right way. It was a complete game.”

(On the skill set of Mavericks guard Dante Exum...)

“His basketball IQ is extremely high. He knows how to play. He’s not judged on scoring. He’s judged on doing the right things on both sides of the floor and that’s what he does for us. When he came in the league as a lottery pick, unfortunately, health and injuries sometimes are setbacks. But for him, his basketball IQ has never been taken from him. He plays the game the right way and we’re lucky to have him.”

(On the joy in Mavericks guard Luka Dončić’s game...)

“I think Luka [Dončić]’s had a lot of fun this season on both sides of the ball. He’s competing at a high level. He’s having fun. You can see the energy was extremely high. When you look at the game before [versus] Oklahoma City, he played 46 minutes, and he was still ready to go. It just shows his conditioning and where his mind is right now — it’s to win. He’s doing everything to put the team in that position to win on a nightly basis.”

(On Mavericks guard Luka Dončić’s headband...)

“I think it looks great. [He] looks great. I think the headband works.”

(On the first 20 games of the season...)

“I think the character and the bounce back has been good. I think we’re starting to see, with injuries, different guys being able to step up and play a different role. Seth [Curry] played some minutes there early on and then we took him out of the rotation and let [Jaden] Hardy get some of those minutes. Then for Seth to be put back in that situation, he responded positively. The pace of play — getting out and playing faster has helped us in a big way. Our bounce back, being able to learn from our mistakes and being able to go to the next game.”

Luka Doncic

(On if he knew he was approaching a triple-double at the end of the first half...)

“Yeah, of course. I was going for the last rebound and assist. I’ve got to admit it.”

(On what happened with Kris Dunn that led to a technical foul...)

“I don’t know. I didn’t do nothing. There was a little bit of pushing and that, but it wasn’t a technical foul because I didn’t do nothing. He puts a finger in my face, and I just laughed, so I don’t know how I got a tech, but those things just happen in the game. It’s just part of the game.”

(On passing Larry Bird for the ninth-most triple-doubles in NBA history...)

“I did? That’s pretty amazing. I don’t know what to say, honestly, but we all know who Larry Bird was so it’s pretty special.”

(On Dereck Lively II...)

“He’s great. Obviously, he has a great potential, and he already is a great player, but now you see how they’re really afraid of him, so they put a smaller guy on him, so we don’t play pick-and-roll - me and him - but we managed that well. Like today, we were going after their 5s, so we just managed that well.”

(On managing double teams...)

“It’s great. I love it when they happen. You just play 4-on-3 basketball. Especially with Kai [Kyrie Irving] in the game, it’s so simple. We just play normal, easy basketball and just we get great shots out of it.”

Tim Hardaway Jr.

(On how he felt coming back from injury…)

“I had more time off, but it doesn’t mean I was moving much. It felt good, I had practice yesterday and felt great. Try to get my rhythm back a little bit and play some minutes today. Felt the wind a little bit after the first quarter, but once I got my second wind, I was good.”

(On if he thought tonight was the team’s most complete performance…)

“I believe so. Anytime you beat a team by 50. Those guys had some guys out, but at the end of the day, you still got to go out there and play your best every single game. Learn from your mistakes like we did the last couple games and just try and go out there and compete every single possession.”

(On the team opening the game strong…)

“It was good. I think for the most part we just wanted to make sure we hit first out there on the floor. Just wanted to make sure we made a statement coming out the gates. Luka [Dončić] set the tone with that coming out with shot after shot after shot … and shot after shot after shot. Then Kai [Kyrie Irving] got into it. I think we just fed off their pace when we started coming in the game. So, it starts with them.”

(On his sixth man role this season with the team…)

“For one, I’m healthy. Just having nagging injuries here and there with surgery after surgery last couple years. Now I feel healthy, I feel great out there, I’m moving better. Everything is coming along great. For this team, I feel like it was my job to embrace that role, and with previous past Mavericks teams, that sixth man guy – he’s a big deal. Jason Terry for example. Just trying to do my best impression of that in the modern-day era.”