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Mavericks dominate Thunder without Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks, Moses Brown
Dallas Mavericks, Moses Brown / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-84 on Dec. 12 for their first win of the season without Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar is going to miss multiple games with an ankle injury, and the team’s offense had struggled in the four previous contests he was out.

Dallas used the committee approach to top the Thunder. Four players scored in double figures, but nobody had more than 18 points. The Mavs took care of the ball and had an outstanding 25 to six assist-to-turnover ratio in the win.

Maxi Kleber and Moses Brown shared the player of the game for Dallas on Sunday evening as both men had outstanding performances. Here is a closer look at what the two players did before looking ahead to the Mavericks' next game.

Dallas Mavericks dominate the Thunder without Luka Doncic

The Mavs 3-point shooting struggles continued in Oklahoma City as they shot nine of 33, but Dallas did better getting inside and making the Thunder pay.

Jalen Brunson led the team with 18 points, but Maxi Kleber was second with 16. It was a season-high for Kleber as he added seven boards and two dimes in 29 minutes. He was just one of six from 3-point range, but Kleber was massive on Sunday night. He showcased off his offensive improvements and had an all-around strong performance.

Moses Brown was pressed into action early as Dwight Powell had a contact issue, and the 7’2 big man had it going from the jump. He finished with 15 points, six rebounds, one steal, and two blocks in 20 minutes against his former team. Brown’s hustle and energy made the Thunder pay on several occasions in an impressive performance from the 22-year-old.

The Dallas Mavericks have no time to rest as they return home to face the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. Luka Doncic will be out, so the rest of the team will need to step up again if the Mavs are going to get back over .500 on the season. Do not miss it.

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