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2 studs and 1 dud from Mavericks home loss to Wizards

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Maxi Kleber
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Dallas Mavericks stud from home loss to Wizards: 2. Maxi Kleber

The Mavs needed someone in the second unit to step up because Jalen Brunson missed Saturday’s game with a foot injury, and both Kleber and Trey Burke filled that role against the Wizards.

Kleber’s season-high coming into the game was 12 points, but he had 13 in the first half on Nov. 27. His performance included an unbelievable alley-oop slam off a feed from Luka Doncic.

Kleber missed nine games with an oblique injury, which has turned into a blessing in disguise. Since returning on Nov. 21, the 29-year-old has looked more explosive than ever and is making plays on both ends of the floor. Maxi had multiple dunks on Saturday night after slamming down just eight in 50 games last season.

Kleber finished with 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, and a massive block that turned directly into a Trey Burke transition 3-pointer. Kleber shot six of nine from the field and played 30 minutes as he once again was part of the closing lineup.

The Dallas Mavericks need Maxi Kleber knocking down shots, guarding on the perimeter, and protecting the rim, and he did it all against the Wizards at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night.