Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from road win over Rockets

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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic

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Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from road win over Rockets

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic missed Monday’s game against the Bulls with a quad injury. His team fell in Chicago and has just two wins in their first six games. Doncic returned for the second of a back-to-back in Houston and showed no ill effects of the injury.

James Harden was also back in the lineup after missing the Rockets’ last game with an ankle injury. It promised to be a fun showdown between the two superstars. The Mavs had an outstanding gameplan to limit the former MVP on Jan. 4.

Luka got the upper hand in the matchup of superstars on Tuesday night. The 21-year-old was outstanding as the Mavs dominated the action in Houston to pick up the 113-100 victory. Doncic finished with a 33-point triple-double in his best game of the young season. Here are five takeaways from the Jan. 4 showdown.

5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks road win over Houston Rockets

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle changed things up on the second night of a back-to-back, and it worked. Dallas had 33 first-quarter points and held a 12-point led after one. The Mavericks rode that momentum to their third win of the 2020-2021 season.

Fans saw a wild game. It was the first time the Mavericks played in front of fans. Rockets big man DeMarcus Cousins picked up two technical fouls after just three minutes of action. Both teams received multiple T’s in Tuesday’s game as the rivalry was in full swing.

The lineup changes led to plenty of takeaways for Dallas Mavericks fans, so let us take a look at the five biggest.

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