The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-78 in the final game before the All-Star break, raising the team’s record to 18-16. This is the first victory since 2016 with no more than 90 points.
The Mavericks’ offense missed Luka Doncic very much, who missed the game (also known as a break) in tonight’s game due to a tight back because the team missed the shots throughout the first half. One note. In the first two quarters, the team completed a 19-to-1 game from beyond the three-point line, but fortunately, the Thunder shot only 35%. The Mavericks led 49-42.
The Mavericks turned at the third turn, and the lid was finally lifted out of the basket. After shooting 5% in the first half, the team achieved 40% of their attempts in the third quarter (4 out of 1
The Mavericks struggle without Doncic
obviously. But the first half of basketball was the worst Mavericks basketball I have seen in a long time. What’s ridiculous about missing 18 of 19 three-pointers is that the team looks flat and sloppy. Dallas finally reversed the ball in the second half, but the Thunder’s performance was very bad and the Mavericks didn’t spend much time.
The Mavericks desperately needed a second shot creator because they didn’t get Kristaps Porzingis or Josh Richardson in the first half. Porzingis was particularly frustrated until he filled two-thirds of his cans before the middle of the fourth quarter. This was a game where Porzingis was supposed to dominate the high jump, but he didn’t emerge until the second half. The Thunder’s performance was so bad, and ultimately it was not bad for the Mavericks.
Josh Richardson guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander… and it worked!
Rick Carlisle’s defensive distribution is confusing. I don’t know much, but I know that the Mavericks bought Richardson in exchange for a historic three-point shooter because the team coveted the length and defensive tools that are not currently on the roster. For reasons I don’t know, Dorian Finney-Smith spent more time looking for the opposing team’s best perimeter player instead of Richardson, but tonight To Richardson (Richardson) to undertake the value of the main task. In the third quarter, Richardson played Kyrgyz-Alexander (who played throughout the season), and the Mavericks increased their lead from 7 to 14 points. Richardson even imposed a few mistakes on the SGA drive. Kyrgyz-Alexander still scored 7 points this quarter, but this is a good example of why Richardson should take on more major defensive tasks.
This game is complete
Nothing else. The Mavericks scored 87 points, and the fourth place scored only 12 points. The team’s shooting percentage is 38%, and the three-pointer percentage is only 20%. But the Mavericks won because the Thunder were worse. Hardaway and Porzingis scored 19 points, Richardson added 16 points, and Brunson scored with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Especially this season, the ugly winning percentage is still important. Baby, two games over .500.
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