Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson scores 34 points against the Spurs
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson continued his string of tremendous performances by dropping 34 points against the San Antonio Spurs on March 12.
The Dallas Mavericks hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday evening. The Spurs are in the thick of the playoff race once again. Dallas came in struggling and riding a five-game losing streak. It has not been all bad for the Mavs, though.
Rookie Jalen Brunson continues to take advantage of his increased role. He was playing 30.5 minutes per game over his last six heading into Tuesday’s game, and the production was following.
Brunson took it to another level against the Spurs. He produced 34 points on 12 of 16 shooting from the field and a perfect seven of seven on his free throws. The rookie also had three 3-pointers made with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one turnover in 37 minutes of action. Below is one of the many highlights from Brunson on March 12 courtesy of the Mavs official Twitter.
The 34 point performance was a new season and career-high for Brunson. He also joined some elite company. Bobby Karalla explains the feat in the following Tweets.
The massive night from the rookie was not enough, though. The Mavs lost at home to their in-state rival 112-105 and ran their losing streak to six straight.
Dallas Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson scored 34 points against the Spurs on Tuesday evening. Brunson has scored 18 or more points in four of the Mavs last six games. He is finding his shooting touch down the stretch.
Brunson figures to be a fixture in the Mavericks rotation for the foreseeable future. He turns 23 in August. The organization values his versatility and ability to play as a combo guard. Expect Brunson to settle into a 20 to 25 minute per game role coming off the bench next season. That will allow him to run things on the second unit for stretches while also playing a part of the time alongside Luka Doncic.
The rookie should only continue to improve. Jalen Brunson was the college player of the year in 2018. He was the starting point guard on two national championship teams at Villanova. The talent is there, and the Dallas Mavericks are going to make certain that Brunson reaches his potential.