The (3-0) Dallas Mavericks obliterated the Charlotte Hornets in a 127-59 blowout win as they have now won their 3rd straight preseason game.
The Mavericks led by as much as 31 points in the first half with a 61-30 halftime lead.
The lead extended to rose 68 in the 2nd half as Dallas continued their dominance.
The Mavs had six players finish in double-digit scoring on the night, Tim Hardaway Jr led all scorers with 20 points, and Kristaps Porzingis with 17 points as he shot 70% from the field.
Luka Doncic struggled in the first half with only 4 points on 2-9 shooting and ended with 10 points on the night.
For the bench, guard Jalen Brunson scored 13 points, Sterling Brown had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and center Moses Brown with 10 points.
From the very beginning, the Mavs started on an 8-0 run, they never looked back and continued their fast pace attack on offense.
On the defensive end, they showed great hustle as the Hornets had no answer tonight on either end of the floor.
2nd and 3rd options stepped up
Porzingis says tonight’s win was a great offensive game plan the team can use for this upcoming season. “I’m being put into situations I’m most comfortable, and I think you can see that.”
It sure looked as if Porzingis played freely and remained focused on playing his style of basketball.
Having a full offseason of training and conditioning has helped him be in better shape for this season.
Hardaway Jr looks to be the player that is willing to take his game to the next level.
He will look to be more consistent and become the third option for the Mavs behind Doncic and Porzingis.
The most exciting and hopeful news will be the bench as they responded well tonight as Doncic struggled for most of the game.
Role players contributed in a major way
Tonight’s performance from the bench will be needed when the regular season begins.
Secondary players such as Brunson and both Browns will be relied on to contribute on both ends to keep the pace of the game.
Doncic will be fine, every star has a rough game now and then.
The difference was how other players stepped up and took over the game early in the first quarter.
In previous seasons with Luka, when he had an off night there was no one else who stepped up.
Jason Kidd and staff brought in player who can play and contribute on both ends of the floor.
The Mavs will finish off the preseason against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 15th.
Six days later they will take on the Atlanta Hawks to begin the regular season on Oct. 21st.
Look for the Mavericks offense to be clicking in all cylinders by the time the regular season rolls around.
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