The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Washington Wizards 135-103 on April 1. Defense let Dallas down on Friday night as the Wizards shot 54.4 percent from the field and made 17 of their 33 3-pointers. Kristaps Porzingis got revenge as he finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, twos steals, and one block in Washington’s win in the nation’s capital in his first game against the Mavs since the deadline day deal.
The Wizards had no answers for Luka Doncic on Friday night as he scored 36 on 11 of 22 shooting from the field. The 23-year-old superstar made four 3-pointers and hit all ten of his free throws. It was his fourth straight 30-point game and the 19th time he went over 30 in his last 26 contests.
It was a night to forget for the Mavericks as they lost a crucial game against the Wizards, who were already eliminated from playoff contention. Spencer Dinwiddie struggled against his former team as not much went right for Dallas on Friday night. Here is a final look at the contest before moving on to what is next for the Mavs.
Luka Doncic continues streak as Wizards dominate Dallas Mavericks
Spencer Dinwiddie could not get it going as he finished with just eight points, two rebounds, and one assist on two of six shooting from the field in 23 minutes on Friday night. He has been outstanding since coming to Dallas in the KP trade, but Dinwiddie struggled against his former squad in an important game.
Frustrations eventually boiled over for the Mavericks in the fourth quarter as head coach Jason Kidd received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. It was his one of the season, and just the second and third T’s Kidd has picked up.
Dallas slipped back to fourth in the Western Conference with the loss as they are a half-game back of the Warriors. The Mavericks have just four games left in the regular season, including a massive showdown against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon.
Golden State has five remaining and will secure third if they can win out. Luka Doncic and company need to get victories and help if they want to finish third and avoid the Suns with the best record in the league in the second round of the playoffs. It was a significant loss on Friday night, but Dallas cannot dwell on it.
The Warriors face the Utah Jazz on Saturday in a massive game for seeding purposes. Golden State moves closer to securing third with a win, but would fall behind Dallas and the Jazz would have the tiebreaker over the Warriors with a loss. Stephen Curry will remain out, but Utah has lost five of their six games. It is a massive contests that all MFFLs should be watching.
The Dallas Mavericks have two road games left before finishing up with two at home. They travel to Milwaukee for a Sunday afternoon game before going to Detroit to face the Pistons on Wednesday night. The Mavs need every win, and fans won’t want to miss a moment of the action, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.