Mavericks: Luka Doncic unbelievable, role players step up in win over Jazz
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks won their fifth straight game as they topped the Utah Jazz 111-103 on Monday night. Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out before tipoff with a wrist injury, but that did not stop Dallas from snapping the Jazz’s nine-game winning streak. Superstar Luka Doncic was unbelievable, and the role players stepped up to help the Mavs dominate the team with the best record in the NBA.
The Jazz decided to put Rudy Gobert on Dorian Finney-Smith, and the Mavericks forward continually made them pay for the decision. Finney-Smith had one of his best performances of the season, but he was far from the only one who stepped up to top the Jazz.
Luka led the way for the Mavericks, but it took outstanding nights from Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to propel Dallas to victory over the Jazz without Kristaps Porzingis. Here is a closer look at the team’s performance.
Luka Doncic unbelievable as Dallas Mavericks top the Utah Jazz
Doncic had it locked in early on Monday night. He put some flare on this pass to Dorian Finney-Smith for a wide-open 3-pointer.
Luka had his jumper on full display too. Rudy Gobert always makes it difficult to score in the paint, so the 22-year-old superstar pulled out some fancy finishes at the American Airlines Center. See him get a bit of lucky bounce on a shot Dirk Nowitzki made famous.
Doncic finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists on 11 of 25 shooting from the field including hitting six of his 11 3-point tries. The Mavs outscored the Jazz by four points during his 36 minutes on the floor on Monday night.
Finney-Smith was incredible against the Jazz. He continued to make Rudy Gobert pay for attempting to help off him. See the Mavericks forward throw down a monster dunk in the third quarter below.
Finney-Smith had a season-high 23 points including hitting a season-high five 3-pointers. The 27-year-old played outstanding defense on Donovan Mitchell too. The Jazz star finished just six of 23 from the field including missing all eight of his 3-pointers on April 5. It was an impressive performance from Doe-Doe.
The Mavericks did not want to get swept by Utah. The Jazz dominated the two prior meetings in Salt Lake City. Dallas’ role players stepped up to help their team to victory on April 5. Josh Richardson had 17 points including connecting on five threes. Jalen Brunson chipped in 20, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 as the Mavs grab their 27th win of the season.
The Mavs were 23 of 49 from 3-point range against the Jazz. It was impressive team performance as they topped the best team in the league at the American Airlines Center.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets. It is a single-game road trip and the first of a back-to-back set. They face the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Center on Thursday. The Mavs will be looking to make it six straight wins against the rival Rockets. Do not miss a second of the action.