Dallas Mavericks sneak past Jazz with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis out
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks top Utah Jazz without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis
The Dallas Mavericks took on the Utah Jazz on Monday afternoon. It was the first of a back-to-back set for Dallas. They were coming off an incredible victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Luka Doncic produced a 36-point triple-double to lead the Mavs to the win.
Both teams were shorthanded on Aug. 10. Dallas decided to rest Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith. They want to stay healthy for the upcoming playoffs. The Jazz were without leading-scorer Donovan Mitchell. He is dealing with a leg injury.
Utah was heavily favored coming in, but the Mavericks had other ideas. Let us take a closer look at what happened on Monday.
Dallas Mavericks defeat Utah Jazz without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis
The Mavs used a team effort on Monday. Tim Hardaway Jr. had his best game in Orlando. He was the go-to scorer with both Luka and KP out. THJ responded with 27 points on 11 of 15 shooting from the field.
Seth Curry also had a fantastic performance. He missed two games in the bubble with a leg injury. The 29-year-old looked healthy on Monday. Curry finished with 22 points on eight of 11 shooting from the field. He also hit this clutch 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.
It was a Boban Marjanovic night too. The 7’4 big man finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, one steal, and two blocks in a rare start. He even threw down a few dunks.
The Mavericks outscored the Jazz 34 to 14 in the fourth quarter to pick up the 122-114 win on Aug. 10. Utah rested their starters in the second half.
The win left a slimmer of hope that Dallas can move out of seventh in Western Conference. The Mavs need to win their last two games plus have the Jazz lose to the Spurs on Thursday.
Dallas is back in action on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. It will be a showdown between Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard. Those rarely disappoint, so do not miss it.