Ugly from Dallas Mavericks first 2 games: Blowing a massive lead in Phoenix
The Mavs were up by 17 points at the half in the season opener, and they scored 62 points in 24 minutes. Fans were having flashbacks to the Game 7 destruction that Dallas handed Phoenix in the Valley of the Sun in the second round of the playoffs last year, but the Maverick came out slow in the third quarter, which let Phoenix back in the game.
The Suns got within one point in the third quarter before Christian Wood erupted to push the Mavs back up 15 with 8:31 left in the fourth. They ultimately blew the massive edge again, and let Phoenix steal a win to open the season.
It was an ugly 24 minutes in the Valley of the Suns for the Mavericks, which was made even more disappointing after they played so well in the first half. There was a head-scratching coaching decision that was likely due to a scripted rotation, a stagnate offense, and the team learning a valuable lesson about continuing to compete even with a massive lead.
Hopefully, that is the Dallas Mavericks' worst loss of the season. Luka Doncic and company have blown a few massive leads over his tenure in Texas, and the 23-year-old superstar made it clear that Dallas planned to use this game as a learning experience.