Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Nuggets: 2. THJ stays hot
Tim Hardaway Jr. was averaging just 10.5 points per game on 31.4 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent on his threes when he was coming off the bench. The Mavs wanted to get the 6’5 wing back on track, so they inserted him into the starting lineup on Nov. 27. Reggie Bullock was out, and head coach Jason Kidd decided to open with THJ in hopes it would give him a boost.
Hardaway Jr. was averaging 19.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting from the field and 49.1 percent from 3-point range over his five starts coming into Tuesday’s game, and he was even better in Denver. THJ stay hot from 3-point range, and he put on a show in the Mile High City.
He became just the tenth player in NBA history to hit five or more 3-pointers in five straight games as Hardaway Jr. finished with 29 points on seven of 12 shooting from the field. He made six of his eight 3-point tries and was nine of 12 from the foul line on Tuesday night in Denver.
THJ was not done there as he had three key steals in 31 minutes to help the Mavericks to their 13th victory of the season. He will continue to be a key scorer for the Mavericks, and Dallas is tough to defeat when Hardaway Jr. is hitting shots.