Dallas, TX – “Next Man Up” was on display for the Mavericks bench players as they stepped up in overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers.

So far in this past three-game, the team has gone 2-1 in Luka Doncic’s absence which makes fans believe the team is at its best when Doncic is not on the floor.

While I do not believe that is true, you cannot deny how well Dallas has stepped up on both ends.

The bench players for Dallas (Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke, and Maxi Kleber were x-factors as all three finished in double figures.

The game went to overtime and during the last minute of the games, both teams traded three-point baskets to see who could make the final shot when needed most.

In the end, it came out to be Austin Reaves of the Lakers who nailed a 25-foot three-pointer to help the Lakers sneak out of AAC with a 107-104 win.

What could have been a three-game win streak, finished in a heartbreaking dagger leaving the team hopeless.

Yes, they did not pick up the victory, but credit goes to those who stepped in tonight to make plays.

Hardaway Jr came up big off the bench with 20 points on 7-19 shooting. His shots were falling tonight as they were surely needed.

Burke played fast and was on the fast break all night finishing with 12 points.

Kleber make some key shots, most notably his 3-pointer in overtime with 19.9 seconds left to tie it up 104-104.

The Mavericks played a near flawless game but could not close out on the last possession in overtime.

Hardaway Jr spoke in his press conference about his performance and how he showed up in a big way tonight.

“It felt great, I’ve practiced those shots in pregame but at that point, it does not matter because it resulted in an L”

Hardaway Jr discussed the last possession and why they did not opt to foul on the last shot.

“I don’t know what to tell you, I think for the most part we will try to take a foul.

“If you try to take a look at the film we tried to foul but LeBron did a good job of avoiding it.”

Overall, the players are hurt and upset with how the game ended with great contributions from everyone who played.

Jason Kidd called one of his best games as the team had high energy and was aggressive from the start.

They do not need to view this game as a failure but a confidence builder going to the next game.

Hopefully, against the Minnesota Timberwolves gives them the confidence to continue their streak of good offense and aggressive defense.


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