Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 2 playoff win over Jazz: 3. Ball control
The Mavs needed to play the perfect game to grab a win without Luka Doncic. They got plenty of open 3-pointers in Game 1, but they failed to make shots. Dallas changed that on Monday night, but their ball control was just as important.
The Mavericks committed just three turnovers as a team in Game 2 with Jalen Brunson not committing one, despite shooting 25 times and dishing out five dimes. Three turnovers as a team tied a playoff record for the fewest in a game.
The Dallas Mavericks have prided themselves on limiting turnovers dating back more than a decade, and that attention to detail paid off on Monday night. They controlled the ball and committed seven fewer turnovers than the Jazz in the contest.
The Mavs needed to grab a win at home without Luka Doncic in the lineup if they wanted to have a chance to win the series. Mission accomplished behind an impressive offensive performance from a team missing their engine on that end of the floor.
Credit to Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie in Game 2. Brunson will get all the credit because of his monster numbers, but Dinwiddie had 17 points and six assists in 40 minutes of action as the Mavericks outscored the Jazz by six with the 6’5 guard on the floor. It was an incredible performance from both ball-handlers to help the Mavs tie an NBA record.