The Dallas Mavericks were without four players on Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs, including star Kristaps Porzingis, and they fell behind 23-3 in the first quarter. The game looked like it was over before it really got started, but the Mavs did not go away.
Superstar Luka Doncic had just seven points, one assist, and zero rebound in the first half, but Dallas was only down two and briefly held the lead. The second unit sparked a massive run in the late first and early second quarters to get Dallas back into the game.
Doncic found his footing in the second half of a game that was full of twists and turns. The 22-year-old superstar had 18 points on eight of 11 shooting over the final 24 minutes to give him 25 in the game. He did have seven turnovers, and the Mavs were outscored by 21 during his 34 minutes on the floor. It was an odd game, but Dallas picked up the 104-99 win.
3 studs and 1 dud in the Dallas Mavericks win over San Antonio Spurs
Jason Kidd only played nine players because Dallas was shorthanded, but it was the bench that provided the spark. All four were positive double-digits in the plus-minus versus San Antonio.
Starter Dorian Finney-Smith had his best game of the young season as he finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and two steals in his 32 minutes of action.
Here is a look at three players that helped the Dallas Mavericks pick up their third straight and one player that struggled on Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs.