The Dallas Mavericks came out flat against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. They struggled to hit jumpers and had just 64 points in the first three quarters. The Mavs trailed by double-digits for significant stretches, but they made a furious fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short as the Rockets grabbed the 102-93 win at the Toyota Center.
It was a rough night for the Mavs. Their five-game winning streak was snapped in a flat performance. Superstar Luka Doncic had 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block, but was just nine of 26 from the field. The 22-year-old connected on only one of his nine 3-point attempts on Wednesday night.
The Mavs were without starting forward Maxi Kleber as they dropped a back-breaking game in their chase to climb out of seventh in the Western Conference. The Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak and won just their 14th game of the season. It was a disappointing performance from the Mavs.
Dallas Mavericks snap five-game losing streak in flat night in Houston
The Mavs could not buy a jumper on April 7. They shot just 37.9 percent from the field and just ten of 39 (25.6 percent) from 3-point range. Starters Josh Richardson and Nicolo Melli did not sink a field goal as they finished with a combined three points.
Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. were the lone bright spots for the Mavericks. The Unicorn had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and one block on ten of 19 from the field in his return after missing two straight games. THJ had 18 points and six rebounds off the bench on just 11 field-goal tries. Brunson finished with 14 points in 30 minutes, but it was not enough as the Rockets picked up the victory.
The Dallas Mavericks will not have to wait long to bounce back from their flat performance. They return home to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. The Mavs must up their game and sink their shots if they are going to top the Bucks at the American Airlines Center. Fans will not want to miss the showdown between Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, so please tune in and enjoy the game.