Heading into Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks were coming off their best win of the season.
They had just beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday by 35 points, and the vibes were as high as ever for the Mavs. Everyone was ecstatic to see Dallas' new trade acquisitions, and they both put on a show.
P.J. Washington finished with 14 points and five rebounds in this game, while Daniel Gafford finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. Both players came off the bench in the game against Oklahoma City, but Monday night was a different case.
Dallas Mavericks' new-look starting lineup leads them to victory over Wizards
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd decided to start Gafford and Washington next to Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and Josh Green against the Washington Wizards. Both players were seamless fits in their debuts, and tonight it was the same story.
Gafford had an even better game than he had before, as he finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks, and two steals. Dallas got Gafford going early, and he was an absolute monster on the offensive glass, helping push Dallas to a 112-104 win over Washington.
Washington had more of a quiet game, as he finished with nine points and five rebounds, but he made some big plays down the stretch. Tons of the stuff Washington does doesn't come up on the stat sheet, as he has already taken some of Dallas' hardest defensive assignments.
This new starting lineup looks as if it can make some noise, as Doncic and Irving combined for 52 points and Green finished with 13 points. Green, Doncic, Irving, and Washington seem like guaranteed starters moving forward, and Gafford may be the only one who gets moved to the bench eventually.
Dereck Lively II is out with a nose injury right now, so he could retake his starting spot when healthy, but Kidd will have a tough choice to make regardless of who he starts at center. Both are great options and having two dominant centers is a great problem to have.
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