Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 5 playoff win over Jazz: 2. Brunson stays hot
Jalen Brunson stepped up and led the Mavs to two wins in the first three games of the series without Luka Doncic. The 25-year-old guard was averaging 29.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per through the first four contests in the series, and he stayed hot in Game 5.
The Jazz have not had any answers in stopping Brunson in the series as he has used his incredible footwork and change of direction to carve up Utah’s defense. JB put on another show on Monday night.
He finished with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 37 minutes of action in Game 5. Brunson made nine of his 20 field goal attempts as Dallas outscored the Jazz by 23 when he was on the floor.
With Doncic and JB both clicking, Utah has no answers in slowing down the Mavericks' attack. If the Jazz want to win this series, they are going to have to outscore Dallas and win a shootout. Both teams play at a slow pace, but the Mavs picked it up in Game 5 and that only created more problems for the Jazz.
Jalen Brunson would have been the story of the night, but Luka Doncic stole the show.