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Mavericks: 2 studs and 1 dud in home opening win over Rockets

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks got off to a 1-1 start to the 2021-2022 season. They suffered a blowout loss in Atlanta before bouncing back with an incredible second half to top the Raptors in Toronto.

Superstar Luka Doncic and the Mavs finally had their home opener on Oct. 26 as the rival Houston Rockets visited the American Airlines Center. It was Dallas supporters' first chance to see stud rookie Jalen Green and the host of new young Rockets.

The Mavericks were down at halftime for the third straight game, but Dallas stormed back to defeat the Rockets 116-106 on Tuesday night behind another monster night from Luka Doncic. Who stood out for the Mavs in the team’s home opener?

Dallas Mavericks defeat Rockets in home opener: Who stood out?

New Mavs head coach Jason Kidd decided to play all 15 players in the team’s home opener. He started it with Boban Marjanovic and Jalen Brunson entering midway through the opening quarter and put in Frank Ntilikina to cap everyone getting on the floor.

The Rockets never gave up and played hard and fast throughout the game. Dallas was just a bit too much, but it took a total team effort from the Mavericks, especially after Kristaps Porzingis suffered a back injury in the third quarter that kept him out of the remainder of the game.

Dallas had several strong performances in the home opener, including Boban in his first action of the season. The 7’4 big man had 11 points in nine minutes. Reggie Bullock also had his best game as a Maverick with 16 points in 17 minutes. Here are two other Dallas Mavericks players that stood out and one that struggled against the Rockets on Oct. 26.

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