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2 studs and 1 dud in Mavericks dominant over Hornets

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Dallas Mavericks, Trey Burke
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Dallas Mavericks stud in dominant win over Hornets: 2. Trey Burke

Jalen Brunson moved into the starting five with Luka Doncic injured, which opens a place in the rotation for Burke. The 29-year-old returned to his bubble form on Dec. 13. Burke had 22 points on nine of 14 shooting from the field while chipping in six assists, three boards, and one steal.

The Mavericks outscored the Hornets by 24 points in his 23 minutes on Monday night, and he had the highest plus/minus of the team. They needed someone to step up and run the second unit. Burke filled that role on Dec. 13 as the Mavs scored 120 on the Hornets.

TB has played in 15 of the team’s 27 games so far this season. Former head coach Rick Carlisle gave him plenty of opportunities last year, and coach Kidd is figuring out that the Mavericks need Burke’s playmaking and shot creation. TB can heat up at a moment’s notice and that is massive when the team needs an offensive spark.

Monday was Burke’s first 20-point game of the 2021-2022 season. It was impressive to see him get things rolling. The Mavs will use the six-foot guard as a change of pace in the postseason, but Burke must come in and score to fill that role. He did just that on Dec. 13, and it will be interesting to see if it earned him more minutes going forward.