The Dallas Mavericks had to win at least one game on their home floor without Luka Doncic, but they needed someone to step up and lead the charge. Jalen Brunson took over in Game 2 as the Mavs walked away with a 110-104 victory over the Utah Jazz to even the series behind a historic performance from the 6'1 guard.
Brunson produced 41 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals while making 15 of his 25 field-goal attempts, including six 3-pointers. He was the team’s primary ball-handler, leading rebounder, and key shot-maker on Monday night as the Mavericks outscored the Jazz by 15 points in JB’s 42 minutes on the floor.
They were not just monster but historic numbers for Brunson. Here is a look at all the records JB set or helped the team break in the Mavericks' Game 2 win over the Jazz.
Jalen Brunson has a historic night in Dallas Mavericks Game 2 win over Jazz
Brunson came out firing on Monday night, and he had 15 points of the team's 24 points in the first quarter. He was getting into the paint and going off from the opening whistle. It was a new playoff career-high in scoring for a quarter, but he did not stop there.
JB had never scored more than 34 points in an NBA game before Monday night, and he did that back in his rookie season. It was his first 40-point game, and he became just the fifth Maverick to drop 40 in a playoff contest. JB’s scoring was incredible, but he also did not turn the ball over in his 42 minutes of action.
The Mavericks tied a playoff record by having just three turnovers in the game, and Brunson became just the seventh player to go for 40-5-5 with zero turnovers since 1978. See the list of Hall of Famers or future ones here.
Shooting was a massive story in Game 2. The Mavericks set a franchise playoff record by making 22 3-pointers on Monday night with Maxi Kleber and Brunson leading that charge. Kleber's eight triples spaced the floor and forced Rudy Gobert to defend on the perimeter as JB hit a career-high six 3-pointers on a career-high ten attmepts.
Jalen Brunson was not going to let the Mavericks lose Game 2, and he stepped up with a historic performance. Fans can see his highlights from the contest below.
Brunson gave the Mavs a chance to win the series on Monday night, but they need Luka Doncic back as soon as possible. Game 3 takes place on Thursday night in Salt Lake City, and they are hoping the 23-year-old superstar is healthy enough to play. Doncic could be the difference that lifts Dallas into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Jalen Brunson is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he made himself a lot of money on April 18 as he silenced his doubters and propelled the Dallas Mavericks to a playoff victory. What can JB do for an encore in Game 3? Be sure to tune in and find out.