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Dallas Mavericks: 2 studs and 1 dud in win over Raptors

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks dud in win over Raptors in Toronto: 1. JB and the bench

The Mavs got virtually zero scoring from their bench on Saturday night. Sixth man Jalen Brunson led the way with five points on two of nine shooting from the field. He did produce six rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 23 minutes to round out his line in an off-shooting night from the fourth-year guard out of Villanova.

Dallas got 11 points on three of 19 shooting from the five bench players that entered the game on Oct. 23. Maxi Kleber also had five points and went just one of three from 3-point range.

Reggie Bullock scored just one point in 17 minutes of action. The Mavericks' primary offseason acquisition has struggled in his first two games including playing just a total of 32 minutes. He did miss some time during the preseason, but it has been a disappointing start for the 30-year-old wing in Dallas.

The lack of production from the bench forced head coach Jason Kidd to ride his starting five. Both Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. played 39 minutes on Saturday night with Dorian Finney-Smith being on the floor for 36. That is what it took to get their first win, but the Mavs are not going to want their minutes to be that high all season meaning the bench needs to step up.

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