Everything was going about as good as it could go in the first half for the Dallas Mavericks in their matchup in Atlanta against the Hawks. Luka was dishing and swishing, Wes was on fire, the defense looked stout and the Mavs jumped out to a 26 point 51-25 lead with 8:00 left in the second quarter.
But from that moment on it was all Atlanta as the Mavs scored only 16 points in the second quarter and 17 points in the fourth quarter to eventually lose 104-111. It was back and forth for much of the fourth quarter but it seemed like all hope was lost when DeAndre Jordan choked on an unnecessarily emphatic one-hand lob attempt from Luka with 1:18 left in the game trailing 101-103.
In what looked like the blowout win we had all hoped for turned into a depressing loss in which the Mavs shot 42% from the field, 30% from 3, and 62% from the line. It appeared MFFLs and the Mavs organization would get the absolute justification of the draft day trade to move up and draft Luka over Trae Young, but instead we grow the Trae Young hype train and end up with Dennis Smith, Jr. tweaking his ankle and unable to finish the game.
Luka Doncic – 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists.
DeAndre Jordan – 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks.
Wes Matthews – 23 points (Once again most shots on the team, 21), including 5-14 from 3.
Trae Young – 17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists on 3-12 shooting, 10-13 from the free throw line including clutch free throws close the game.
Kent Bazemore – 32 points, 7 assists
This was an awful, terrible, depressing game. But the good thing is, it’s still early in the season and we have another game Friday with what looks like will be the return of Harrison Barnes.