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Mavericks burnt by lack of shot creation in loss to Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks lack of shot creation on full display in loss to Suns

Luka Doncic leads the NBA in time of possession and is fourth in touches per game. The 22-year-old superstar is one of the best creators in the league, and the Mavs rely heavily on him.

Jalen Brunson has taken over as Dallas’s top playmaker with Doncic out. He had 18 points, ten assists, and four rebounds in 35 minutes of Friday night. JB has played well during Luka’s absence and figures to be in the running for Sixth Man of the Year.

Behind Brunson, the Mavericks struggled to create shots. They shot 41.8 percent from the field in Wednesday’s game before hitting just 41.1 percent of their 90 field goals in the second meeting. Dallas shot just 30.0 percent on their 40 3-pointers. The Mavs were sharing the ball, including producing 25 assists, but they just did not make enough shots.

Dallas missed open looks on Friday night, but they had just 95 points with two minutes remaining in the game. The Mavs fought to the final whistle and scored nine points late to put them up to 20 in the fourth quarter. In the final 12 minutes, they just could not generate quality looks.