The Dallas Mavericks dominated the shorthanded Denver Nuggets 127-99 on Friday night behind a 33-point triple-double from superstar Luka Doncic. The Nuggets were without Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Aaron Gordon, and Doncic made sure the Mavericks took care of business for their ninth win of the season.
Luka made history with his 50th career triple-double, and it was a special night for the Mavericks. The win over Denver was just the second time this season that Dallas finished things off early with a dominating victory. The Mavs were locked in and put on an incredible show at the American Airlines Center to move to 8-2 on the season on their home floor.
What can fans take away from the Mavericks win over the Nuggets on Nov. 18? Here are three key takeaways.
Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Nuggets: 3. Take care of business
The Mavs have stumbled when key players have been missing for the opponent this season. They lost to the Pelicans without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Magic without Paolo Banchero, and the Wizards without Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas was not going to let that happen again on Friday night at the AAC.
The Mavericks raced out to a lead and pushed it up to 18 with a 44-point second quarter. Dallas did not leave their foot off the gas for a second on Friday night, and it allowed their key players to get some additional rest with the game in hand.
The Mavs had five players in double figures, and they shot over 61 percent from the field when their key players were on the floor. It was a needed and comfortable win after Dallas lost to the Rockets on Wednesday night without Luka Doncic.
The Dallas Mavericks need to take care of business in games like the one on Friday night, and the win over the Nuggets was a key first step in securing those victories going forward.