The Dallas Mavericks used a late rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings 114-113 on March 5. Superstar Luka Doncic was out with a toe injury that is not expected to keep him sidelined long, so everybody else stepped up, including Dorian Finney-Smith.
Finney-Smith is the Mavs top perimeter defender, and one of the most underrated players in the league. There is nothing flashy about his game, but Doe-Doe brings it every night. He is often tasked with guarding the other team’s best scorer, and his offensive role has expanded under head coach Jason Kidd.
Finney-Smith drilled two 3-pointers in the last two minutes on Saturday night to lift the Mavs to victory over the Kings, including the game-winner with just 3.3 seconds left on the clock. Here is a closer look at the makes, and who else stepped up with Luka out.
Dorian Finney-Smith drills game-winner as Dallas Mavericks top King without Luka Doncic
Coach Kidd decided to close the game small with Finney-Smith at the five surrounded by Jalen Brunson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, and Josh Green. It forced the Kings to play Domantas Sabonis on the Mavs' 6’7 wing. Dinwiddie ran a pick and pop with Doe-Doe with 1:14 left that freed him for a catch and shoot 3-pointer after Sabonis sank into the paint.
Jalen Brunson attacked into the paint and kicked to a wide-open Finney-Smith in the corner for the game-winner after Justin Holiday offered weak side help at the rim. It was an action-packed ending that fans can rewatch below.
Dinwiddie took Luka Doncic’s place in the starting five and did his best impression of the Mavericks superstar as he finished with 36 points, seven assists, and two rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Dinwiddie made 11 of his 22 field goal attempts and continued his outstanding play with the Mavs. He will be one of the team’s keys to success in the postseason.
Jalen Brunson had 23 points and six assists as the Dallas Mavericks picked up an impressive victory over the Sacramento Kings on March 5. They are back in action on Monday night as the Utah Jazz visit the American Airlines Center in a crucial game for seeding in the Western Conference. Do not miss it.