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Are the Mavericks an elite defensive team?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks put on an unforgettable night for franchise GOAT Dirk Nowitzki on Jan.5 as his jersey retirement took center stage. Fans got their first glimpse of Dirk’s statue, and the Tall Baller from the G delivered a heartfelt and memorable speech before his number went into the rafters.

On Nowitzki’s special night, the Mavs put out arguably their best performance of the season as they dominated the Golden State Warriors 99-82. Superstar Luka Doncic had 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals as he led Dallas to their fourth straight win. The Mavericks are getting healthier and quickly becoming an undesirable opponent.

Golden State has a top ten offense, and Dallas held them to 82 points on Wednesday night. The Warriors shot just 40.7 percent from the field, and Stephen Curry never got rolling as he made just five of his 24 field goals. It was an impressive defensive performance that is becoming the norm for the Mavs.

Are the Dallas Mavericks an elite defensive team?

Head coach Jason Kidd talked about improving the team’s defense the moment he took the job. It was a focus during training camp as Kidd changed up their scheme. The Mavericks struggled out of the gate adjusting, but they have held five straight opponents under 100 points, and the opposition has failed to top 90 in each of the last three.

Dallas has jumped to sixth in defensive rating for the season, and they are first since Dec. 29 at 95.5. The second-best team over the last week is the Thunder at 101.0.

Are the Dallas Mavericks an elite defensive team? Here is a look at some noticeable changes and what to expect for the remainder of the season.