The Dallas Mavericks found their offense without superstar Luka Doncic in Game 2 as they defeated the Utah Jazz 110-104 at the American Airlines Center. Jalen Brunson went for 41 to help Dallas even the series as things shift to Salt Lake City.
The Jazz’s fourth-quarter struggles returned on Monday night as the Mavericks outscored them by ten in the final 12 minutes. Dallas had 33 in the final period and hit plenty of key shots down the stretch to secure the victory.
Things will change if Luka can return during the series, but there was still plenty to take away from the Mavericks' Game 2 win as they shot well and got a career-high from their lead ball-handler. Dallas is proving they can compete with the Jazz even when Luka is out, so let us take a look at three things that will matter moving forward in the series.
3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 2 win over Utah Jazz
Head coach Jason Kidd changed the rotation in Game 2 as he called on Trey Burke off the bench to keep two playmakers on the floor. Burke hit one 3-pointer, but he struggled on the defensive end forcing the Hall of Fame point guard to go in a different direction after just five first-half minutes.
Dallas made shots on Monday night. They hit 46.8 percent of their 47 3-point tries and sank 47.0 percent of their field goals to secure the victory. Their 22 made 3-pointers on April 18 set a new franchise playoff record. Donovan Mitchell went for 34 as Rudy Gobert had 17 rebounds and two blocks, but it did not matter as the Mavericks outshot their greatness.
Here are three takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks Game 2 upset win over the Utah Jazz.