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Dallas Mavericks: 2 studs and 1 dud in home win over Kings

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks bounced back after a disappointing showing on Friday night in Denver to top the Sacramento Kings 105-99 on Sunday afternoon. It was the team’s third straight game without Kristaps Porzingis as he deals with a back injury. Replacing him took a total team effort.

Luka Doncic led the way for Dallas as the team overcame another injury. Maxi Kleber earned his first start of the season and had seven points and five rebounds in his first seven minutes of action before suffering a back injury that caused him to miss the rest of the game.

The Kings won all three meetings against the Mavericks last season, but Dallas snapped that streak on Halloween. Who stood out in the Sunday afternoon matinee?

2 studs and 1 dud in Dallas Mavericks home win over Kings

The Mavs got off to a strong start and lead 31-22 at the end of the first quarter. It was the first time this season they had an advantage after the opening period. Seven Mavericks scored in the first 12 minutes led by Kleber’s seven.

Dallas got a strong performance from their starting group against the Kings. All five players had a positive plus-minus, which was a positive sign as the group had been struggling with Kristaps Porzingis out. Four of them scored in double-figures with Kleber being the only one to miss out in his seven minutes of action.

The Dallas Mavericks used a team effort to defeat the Sacramento Kings, but here are two studs and one dud from the Oct. 31 contest.