Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Nets: 2. Green saves the day
The Mavericks got just two points from Spencer Dinwiddie on Monday night, and Christian Wood had six. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 on four of eight shooting from the field, but he was hurt in the third quarter. Most fans would assume that Dallas lost because Luka Doncic did not get enough help, but Josh Green and Dorian Finney-Smith picked up the scoring to help the Mavericks win.
The 21-year-old has taken a massive step forward in his third NBA season, and that was on full display against the Nets. See an incredible slam from the fourth quarter that gave Dallas the lead and blew the roof off the American Airlines Center.
Green finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists against the Nets. He was in the closing lineup on Monday after an impressive run in the fourth quarter. Green was a perfect five of five from the field, including hitting two 3-pointers and nailing all four of his free throws as the Mavericks outscored Brooklyn by ten in his 27 minutes of action.
Green was the catalyst of a 14-0 Mavericks run in the fourth quarter that helped the team win. Credit to his improvements because the 21-year-old is ten of 15 from 3-point range to open the year after remaking his jumper this summer. Josh Green has earned more minutes with his early play, and he will likely get them if Tim Hardaway Jr is forced to miss time.