What a difference one day and a change of the opponents makes for the Dallas Mavericks.

On the second night of a back-to-back, Dallas used a win-by-committee approach to dominate the Portland Trail Blazers 132-112. Luka Doncic amassed a 15-point, 10-rebound, and a 15-assist triple-double. Kristaps Porzingis played like a man possessed in the first half. Jalen Brunson put together a 20-point and 11-assist performance. But it was the play of the bench and the Mavericks’ ability to share the ball that led to a bounce-back win Wednesday night.

“The big message of the night was to share the ball and make a play for a teammate,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said. “But the energy of Dwight Powell and the guys coming off the bench was really good.”

Notes from the Dallas Mavericks bounce-back night

1.) Doncic and Brunson combined for 26 total assists and three turnovers against Portland. The backcourt duo looks increasingly more comfortable together. And with the breakout season Brunson is enjoying, he proves to be a capable secondary ball-handler to what Doncic brings to the table.

“I just try and go out there and help my team win,” Brunson said. “Whatever is needed at the time, I just go out there and do it. I was able to take care of the ball, and that is big time.”

2.) Brunson’s performance against Portland was his first 20-plus-point and 10-plus-assist game of his career. He’s tied his season-high of 11 assists three times this season.

“Yeah that’s big-time,” Brunson said. “I didn’t even realize.”

3.) Wednesday was the first road game two Mavericks recorded 10-plus assists since January of 1985. It’s been a while.

4.) Seven Dallas Mavericks players scored in double figures Wednesday night. The list: Porzingis (22), Brunson (20), Reggie Bullock (15), Dončić (15), Powell (15), Maxi Kleber (12), and Dorian Finney-Smith (11). Dallas is 6-2 this season when six-plus players score in double figures. This also marks the second time all season Dallas had seven-plus players score in double figures. The Mavericks are 2-0 when that happens.

“Having a bunch of guys touch the ball is super important for us,” Powell said. “If everyone is touching the ball, that’s a good thing. A note of a good team is having different guys carrying the load at different times. That is something we will definitely continue to do.”

Big moments ahead for Dallas 

Bouncing back is Dallas’ (28-21) Modius Operandi. When Dallas lost badly to the New York Knicks, the team bounced back against Memphis the next night. When Phoenix got the best of Dallas, Memphis, again, was available to beat up on. Now, after losing badly to Golden State, Dallas looked dominant against Portland.

Next up is the Indiana Pacers at home on Saturday. It’s Rick Carlisle’s homecoming. Emotions will run high, but Dallas’ defense may run higher.

“It’ll be big,” Porzingis said.

No doubt it will be.

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