The Dallas Mavericks were down on Friday but we’re not out in their win over the Sacramento Kings earlier today.
The back-to-back had a lot to do with their blowout loss on Friday night, but a day of practice and game planning helped Dallas to get back focused.
Luka Doncic led the team in scoring with 23 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds but there were multiple players in double figures as well.
Let’s break down these three players who helped contribute to a Mavericks win.
Luka Doncic, of course
Who else would be the one to lead the Mavericks in scoring? Doncic will be the answer 99 percent of the time when he is on the floor.
Luka has shown each time when they need a big play or shot he will be the one to deliver and put the team on his back.
Luka. that works. pic.twitter.com/uJjYysnv20
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 31, 2021
Double-doubles have been the highlight of Doncic career as he continues to show how well-rounded his game.
Luka will continue to carry the load as his teammates continue to find their rhythm
Tim Hardaway Jr
Tim Hardaway Jr stepped up yet again for the Mavericks as he was second on the team in scoring with 16 points on 5-14 (35 percent) shooting.
Not the best shooting performance by Hardaway but it was enough to help the team pick up a win.
The Mavericks will need this type of performance consistently to keep the team afloat on offense.
Consistency has been Hardaway Jr’s issue since being with the Mavericks, which he is looking to break that cycle.
After struggling offensively the past few games, Dwight Powell put together an efficient game with 12 points on 4-5 (80 percent) shooting and eight rebounds.
Today was a bounce-back game for Powell after fans were looking for Centers Moses Brown and Willie Cauley-Stein to get more playing time.
Powell is not a game-changer nor will ever be a 20-point type of player, but the Mavericks want to see more consistency and hustle from him.
Hustle and aggressiveness are his best attributes. If he can continue to give his all, he will continue to help this team win games.
What did this game prove?
This win tonight proves that the team has a short memory and has to get ready for the next matchup.
They could have easily reflected on their blowout loss on Friday night but instead, Jason Kidd and his staff got them ready to play and win.
That speaks volumes to the player’s respect for Kidd and his philosophy even when things are not clicking on a particular night.
It will be exciting to see how the Mavericks respond after a good performance at home.