Mavericks news: Tim Hardaway Jr. makes history, Mavs move up in power ranks, more

Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks completed one of the most difficult back-to-backs in the NBA with two impressive wins. They dominated the Suns on Monday night before going to Denver to defeat the Nuggets on the second night. Luka Doncic had a 22-point triple-double on Tuesday night, but it was the first time this season that the Mavs won when Doncic did not score at least 30 points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led Dallas with 29 points in Denver as he went six of eight from 3-point range. The 6’5 wing has shot the lights out since joining the starting lineup six games ago, and he made five or more threes for the fifth straight game. THJ is just the tenth player in NBA history to accomplish that feat, and he is one game shy of tying the Mavericks franchise record, which was set by George McLoud.

Hardaway Jr. has helped Dallas win three straight and four of their last five games. He cannot keep shooting this well, but seeing THJ making shots has been a massive lift for the team and makes the Mavericks a difficult team to defeat.

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Luka Doncic recorded his sixth triple-double of the season on Tuesday night, and he now has double Nikola Jokic’s total, who is second in the NBA. 19 teams have yet to record a triple-double this season, and only three players have more than one. It was Doncic’s 52nd career triple-double.

Kyle Kuzma posted this tweet on Tuesday night as the Mavericks topped the Nuggets.

The Mavericks moved up to 11th in ESPN’s power rankings, and they are on the verge of cracking back into the top ten. Dallas is finally finding their footing and no team is looking forward to facing Doncic and the Mavs.

NBA news

The NBA revealed their revamped trophies for this season, including adding an award for the team with the best regular season record. Fans should check out the new designs.

The Warriors also recalled James Wiseman from the G League. It will be interesting to see if the second overall pick in the 2020 draft can crack the Dubs rotation and make an impact. He struggled as a rookie before missing all of last season with an injury. Wiseman is a player to watch moving forward.

The Dallas Mavericks have two days off before hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Luka Doncic versus Giannis Antetokounmpo promises to be a marquee showdown, and fans won’t want to miss it, so please tune in and enjoy the show.

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