After a first quarter dominated by the big wides of the Jazz, which offered a 12-point advantage after converting 12 of its first 24 shots with five players scoring 5 or more points (35-23), the balance of the match afterwards. Notable because the Mavericks stepped up their defensive intensity in the second half, as Luka Doncic began to gain momentum after a cautious start to the match. At the same time, the Jazz were unable to capitalize on their great start: turnovers piled up and Will Hardy’s men scored just 15 points in 12 minutes.
As a result, the Mavericks were well in the game at the break, with only three points behind (47-50).
If the gap narrows at the end of the first period, the second is a long crossover, between two teams that do not release a single single. The level of play stabilizes, physical contact increases and the match, as a whole, becomes chaotic. It wasn’t until the second half of the fourth quarter that the outcome of the meeting was settled, when Spencer Dinwiddie and Christian Wood took matters into their own hands and scored four shots apiece to give the Mavericks an option.
Everything was then played with the last shot to equalize, which Jordan Clarkson missed from the right corner. The victory of Dallas (103-100).
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Luka Doncic’s streak continues. The Mavericks’ Slovenian surpassed the 30-point mark for the seventh time in as many games this season. It was the first time since 1960 that a player signed such a streak to open a workout. He compiled 33 points (12/20), 5 rebounds and 11 assists to guide his club to victory. An XXL start to the season, to save props to this Dallas team that is still finding itself together.
– Jazz is too messy. Despite 28 assists on 39 baskets, which could make the Mavericks blush, and their 20 assists on 42 baskets, the Jazzmen lost this meeting due to too many mistakes. Specifically, 16 turnovers and 26 points against them. In losing by 3 small points, there is reason to regret.
TOPS and FLOPS
✅ Christian Wood. Nice double-double (21 points and 10 rebounds) off the bench for the Mavericks’ slender pivot, particularly decisive late in the game, when he chained two furious dunks and an award-winning shot for put his team on the right. track in “money time”.
✅ Spencer Dinwiddie. Also author of several decisive shots in “money-time”, including two award-winning shots, the back confirms his coherent start to the season, in a mixed role of scorer / creator. He posted 20 points (8/20), 4 rebounds and 4 assists steals in this game.
✅ Jordan Clarkson. Overall, the Jazz’s big five is good, but Jordan Clarkson is the most successful of all the starters. Despite 4 ball losses that tainted his “+/-” ending in the negative (-3), he signed a consistent performance, with 20 points (9/20), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. In the midst of this Jazz attack that is surprising, the unique rear connects to the convincing exits.
⛔️ Tim Hardaway Jr.. Ghostly performance for the Mavericks shooter, whose start to the season has been typically complicated. In just 20 minutes, he found the target just once, in 9 attempts (3 points). He is one of those players whose awakening is necessary to relieve Luka Doncic on offense.
– Mavericks : reception of the Raptors, in the evening of Friday to Saturday (1h30)
– Jazz : travel to Los Angeles, to play the Lakers on Friday night to Saturday (03:00)