3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 3 playoff win over Jazz in Utah

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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The Dallas Mavericks went into Salt Lake City and defeated the Utah Jazz 126-118 in Game 3 as superstar Luka Doncic missed his third straight game with a calf strain. It was an incredible performance as the Mavs shot the ball well and grabbed the 2-1 edge in their first-round playoff series. 

Jalen Brunson followed his historic performance in the Game 2 win with another incredible showing. He suffered a back injury in the second quarter, but it barely slowed him down as the 6’1 guard went off for 31 points on 12 of 22 shooting from the field in Game 3. JB led the way, but it took a team effort to win in Utah.

It was an exhilarating game on Thursday night as the Mavericks grabbed the edge in the series. Dallas dominated the first half, but the Jazz got back into the game with a 40-point third quarter before the Mavericks shut their water off in the fourth. There were plenty of takeaways from the Mavs upset win in Game 3.

3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Game 3 playoff win over Jazz in Utah

The Jazz shot 56.5 percent from the field in Game 3, but it was not enough as the Mavericks continued to give them twos. Utah was second in the league in 3-point attempts this season, but Dallas limited them to just 28 in Game 3 to continue the math edge they have used in the series. Expect the Mavs to limit their threes and keep playing small even when Luka Doncic returns.

Dallas evened the rebounding at 32 apiece in Game 3. Utah had a massive edge in the first two games, but the Jazz went small in the third quarter to get back into the contest. It cost them one of their biggest advantages in the series and resulted in a second straight Utah loss.

The Dallas Mavericks were outstanding again in Game 3, and here are the three biggest takeaways for fans from the victory.