The Dallas Mavericks earned a hard-fought 111-110 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night behind another 30-point game from superstar Luka Doncic. He became just the second player in NBA history to score 30 or more in eight straight to start the year, and he looks unstoppable right now.
The Raptors did their best to get the ball out of Luka’s hands. They are a team full of switchable defenders with long wingspans. It is never easy against Toronto, but Doncic solved their defense and got plenty of help on Nov. 4 to lift the Mavericks to another win.
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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Raptors: 3. Powell solves starting lineup woes
Head coach Jason Kidd changed the starting lineup on Friday night as he inserted Dwight Powell for JaVale McGee. The seven-footer has struggled to begin the year, and he was outplayed by Powell over the last three games.
The Mavs got off to a faster start against the Raptors, and DP again played a key role. He was even part of the team’s closing lineup on Friday night as Powell finished with nine points, two rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes of action. He brought the team energy as Dallas outscored the Raptors by eight points with the 6’10 big man on the floor.
Dwight Powell should stick in the starting lineup as he is a key piece for the Dallas Mavericks, even if his contribution do not show up in the box score. Credit to DP for helping the team win again on Friday night.