Jaden Hardy quiet as Dallas Mavericks fall to Bucks in Summer League

Dallas Mavericks, Jaden Hardy
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The Dallas Mavericks got off to a fast start on Thursday evening, but the Milwaukee Bucks quickly punched back to pick up the 100-89 win. Dallas is still winless in the Las Vegas Summer, and they have just one game remaining.

The Mavs scored 28 in the first, and they were up 11 after ten minutes before things fell apart. Dallas had just 32 in the next two quarters combined as the Bucks grabbed the lead and never looked back. The Mavericks made a furious comeback in the final quarter, but it was too little too late.

For the third straight game, Mavericks rookie second-round pick Jaden Hardy was quiet. He scored 28 in the opener in Vegas before putting up just 25 in his next two games combined on eight of 30 shooting from the field. The 20-year-old struggled again on July 14 as Moses Wright stole the show for Dallas.

Jaden Hardy quiet as Dallas Mavericks fall to Bucks in Summer League

Hardy could not get it going on Thursday evening. He had just seven points on three of 12 shooting from the field, including missing all five of his 3-pointers against the Bucks. The 6’4 guard did chip in four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block, but he had four turnovers.

Moses Wright was the player of the game for the Mavericks on July 14. He came off the bench against Milwaukee, but he proved why he was on a two-way deal last season. The 6’8 forward went off for 26 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 24 minutes of action.

Jerrick Harding had another impressive scoring performance as he went for 16 points on seven of ten shooting from the field. The 6’1 guard also had five assists as the Mavericks outscored the Bucks by 19 in his 23 minutes of action.

The Dallas Mavericks will take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night in their final summer league game. Jaden Hardy and company will look to pick up a victory before they leave Las Vegas, but the Mavs summer league squad will need to play better to make that a reality.

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