The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz 111-103 in a crucial game in the Western Conference standings behind a 35-point double-double from superstar Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old missed the Mavs’ last game with a toe injury, but he looked fully healthy on Monday night.
Doncic stayed hot against the Jazz as he had 16 first-quarter points and made seven of his first ten field goals. He passed Jay Vincent for tenth on the Mavericks' all-time scoring list on March 7, and Utah had no answers for Luka. They forced the ball out of his hands to close the gap in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough on Monday night.
The Mavs were without Jalen Brunson on Monday night, but it did not matter. Doncic led the way, but it was an impressive team win to move within half a game of the Jazz for fourth in the Western Conference. Here is a closer look at Luka and the team’s performance.
Luka Doncic nets 35 as Dallas Mavericks top Utah Jazz
Doncic had his full arsenal on display on Monday night. He was getting into the paint, hitting floaters, and had his step back 3-pointer locked in. Utah was playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but no team can stop Luka when he is at the top of his game.
The 23-year-old superstar finished with 35 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block on Monday night. He was 12 of 23 from the field, including hitting five 3-pointers as the Mavs outscored the Jazz by five in his 37 minutes on the floor. Doncic was far from the only standout on March 7. The 16 boards was a new season-high for Luka.
Spencer Dinwiddie took Jalen Brunson’s place in the starting lineup on Monday night, and he produced 23 points on seven of 15 shooting in 40 minutes. It was Dinwiddie's second straight start, and he continued his hot play since joining the Mavericks at the trade deadline.
Dorian Finney-Smith had his fourth straight game with 16 or more points as he finished with 21 points on eight of 14 shooting from the field. He also played stout defense on Donovan Mitchell as the Jazz guard made just five of his 19 field goal attempts on Monday night.
The Dallas Mavericks have won five straight and are playing their best basketball of the season right now. They are back in action on Wednesday night when they host the New York Knicks, and fans won’t want to miss a second of the action, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.