The Dallas Mavericks rode a 43-point second quarter to a 121-114 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Superstar Luka Doncic scored 38 points as the Mavs got a bit of revenge after blowing a 16-point lead to lose to the Thunder in overtime in their first meeting of the season. OKC made it difficult, but Dallas picked up the win to move to 14-13 on the season.
Three players scored 20-plus for the Mavericks on Dec. 12 as the team came alive to snap a two-game losing streak. Spencer Dinwiddie narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season as he finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and ten assists in 34 minutes of action. Tim Hardaway Jr. stayed hot as he also scored 20 in the win over the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 42 for Oklahoma City, but it was not enough to secure the victory.
What can fans take away from Monday’s home win? Here are three encouraging things for MFFLs.
Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Thunder: 3. Offensive glass
The Mavs are the worst rebounding team in the NBA so far this season. They average just 38.4 per game and only 7.9 offensive boards. Both rank 30th in the league and their rebounding woes have been a massive issue.
The Thunder play small, including starting Aleksej Pokusevski at the five, but they are eight in the league in rebounds per game. Oklahoma City had a significant edge on the glass on paper, but Dallas evened things by dominating the offensive glass on Monday night. The Mavs grabbed 16 offensive boards, and they had an eight-rebound edge in the victory.
Luka Doncic was the team’s leading rebounder on Monday night, and the 23-year-old superstar made sure the Mavericks snapped their losing streak. Dominating the offensive glass was a key to the victory.