The Dallas Mavericks dominated the second half and ran away with a 110-91 win over the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday evening. Superstar Luka Doncic sat out with a sore ankle as the Mavs looked to get him a bit of rest as the playoff approach, but it did not stop the team from staying hot.
Spencer Dinwiddie took Doncic’s place in the starting five and immediately went to work. He had 11 points in the first quarter and 19 in the opening half to help Dallas keep pace. The Mavericks were down by one at the half before dominating the final 24 minutes to secure the blowout victory over the rebuilding Rockets.
Dinwiddie was far from the only standout for the Mavs on March 23. Jalen Brunson had one of the best quarters of his career, Dwight Powell stayed hot, and Dallas used a total team effort to defeat the Rockets. Here is a closer look at what happened and what is next for the Mavericks.
Dallas Mavericks dominate Houston Rockets without Luka Doncic
Brunson had 12 points and three dimes in the first half before taking the game over in the third quarter. He played Luka’s normal rotation of never leaving the floor in the third quarter as he put up 16 points and two boards on five of six shooting from the field. Dallas held the Rockets to 19 in the quarter as they grabbed the lead and never relinquished it.
Dwight Powell continued his hot stretch with 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in 24 minutes of action. He made six of his eight field goals, and his energy was infectious on Wednesday night.
The Mavs made it a happy birthday for head coach Jason Kidd, who celebrated his 49th on March 23. He has exceeded all expectations so far, and Dallas looks like a dangerous opponent for any team in the playoffs.
It was nearly a perfect game for the Dallas Mavericks as they dominated the Rockets to pick up their 45th win of the season. Five players scored in double figures, and Dallas held Houston to just 38 points in the second half to secure the victory.
The Jazz lost to the Celtics in Boston, which dropped Utah into a tie with the Mavericks for fourth in the Western Conference. The two teams lock horns on Sunday night in what will be a massive game in the standings.
The Mavs travel to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Friday night in another important contest in the standings. Dallas can all but secure a top six seed with a win in Minnesota, but fans know the Wolves will bring the fight and the trash talk to the Mavericks. Do not miss a second of the action down the stretch as every game matters.