The Dallas Mavericks have dominated the Utah Jazz despite not having Kristaps Porzingis. The triple recipe for Texans to dominate the NBA leader … defense, triples, and Luka Doncic. A triple formula that has given the Mavs their fifth straight win.
Utah was coming full throttle. With 9 wins in a row. Until today the offensive counter has stopped. Jazz’s devastating attack ran out of music. Wrong from three times (27%). And only 42 points in the first part. To get 18 points down over the course of the third quarter. And start the last one with those same 18 disadvantages.
The Mavs didn’t lose focus this time. They controlled the final minutes of the game well. The final result (111-103) does not reflect what was experienced on the track. It offers a feeling of equality that never existed.
The locals all worked together. In defense and in the attack. Coral the Dallas touchdown. Yes, Doncic is Doncic. An unquestionable leader. The Slovenian finished with 31 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 triples. But he was very well accompanied.
Dorian Finney-Smith went to 23 points and 5 triples; Jalen Brunson continues to amaze, this time with 20 points and 4 triples; Josh Richardson left the game without missing a single triple (5 of 5) for 17 points; and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points.
The team’s substitutes scored 40 points. And Rick Carlisle’s squad went up to 23 3-pointers made of 49 attempts. A real rain of triples. Utah Jazz tried their own medicine.
We must not forget those who sacrificed themselves exclusively in defense. They were the cases of Nicolo Melli and Maxi Kleber. The two were left without scoring (Mavs inside only had 4 points). The Italian started and played 32 minutes. The German was on track 34. The work behind both of them was huge.
Dallas let out its physical side. He defended, a facet that he dispenses with on more than one occasion. He fought the rebound with his rival on an equal footing. And it dried Donovan Mitchell to unsuspected limits.
That was one of the keys to the game. The chasm that separated Doncic from Mitchell. The visiting escort was unrecognizable. Night to forget. He was 6 of 23 from the field goal and 0 of 8 from the triple. Like 0 of 8 from beyond the arc did his teammate Royce O’Neal.
Mike Conley was by far the best in Utah. His 28 points, 7 assists, and 6 triples. Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points each. The unfortunate Mitchell another 16. And Rudy Gobert finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Pelín frustrated the French for not being able to master painting.
It’s Dallas’ first win of the season against Utah. He had previously lost both games in which they faced each other. Now, Carlisle’s are with a remarkable 28-21. And they continue to climb in search of the noblest area of their conference.