The Dallas Mavericks annihilated the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, winning XXX. The game was never really in doubt, because the Blazers are truly one of the worst teams in the league. The Mavericks were short several players—Luka Doncic, Derreck Lively II, Dante Exum, among others—and it didn’t matter. They ran the Blazers off the court.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 24 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 off the bench. Jaden Hardy scored 19 points and game just one rebound and assist shy of a triple-double. Jerami Grant led the Blazers with 18.
Here are three numbers from the game:
36: The number of fast break points by the Mavericks
The Mavericks were running tonight. They hardly ever get down the court like this. When Doncic plays, he tends to be more methodical, working to get the exact shot he wants. Without him tonight, the Mavericks just simply sprinted down the court and got easy layups. They probably wouldn’t be able to do this so easily against a normal team, but against the awful Blazers, they were able to push the ball and get easy baskets all game.
13: The number of consecutive two-game series the Mavericks had failed to sweep before tonight
The curse is lifted! The Mavericks have finally swept a two-game series for the first time in forever. Winning two games in a row against any NBA team is tough, and more often than not, teams end up splitting these two-game series. Portland was an easy mark to end this streak, and the Mavericks JV squad was happy to oblige.
+24: The Mavericks’ scoring margin in the third quarter
This was the quarter that did the Blazers in for good. The Mavericks, famous for third quarter struggles last season, have put that behind them this year. They came out of halftime single-minded, and their only goal was the destruction of the Blazers. They put Portland away quickly. Irving, Hardaway, and Derrick Jones Jr. combined for 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers along the way. This gave Jason Kidd a chance to rest key players in the fourth quarter.