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Game 51 Recap: Mavs vs Bucks

On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back. The Mavericks are looking to get back on track and gain some momentum to secure a top seed in the western conference. The Mavericks will finally begin a three game home stand that begins with this matchup. This will be just the second home game for the Mavericks in the last eight games.

On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Houston Rockets in the sixth road game in the last seven games. The Mavericks started this game by having Kristaps Porzingis return to the court after missing the previous game. However, even with Porzingis return, that wasn’t enough for the Mavericks to beat a determined Rockets team as they capitalized on the Mavericks’ total disaster by taking control for the majority of the game. This young Rockets team, that’s in the middle of their rebuild, beat the Mavericks with their two superstars in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. This was a bad effort on all ends of the court as the Mavericks were defeated by the Rockets 102-93. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis finished the game by scoring 23 points each but it was not match to this determined Rockets team. The Mavericks shot 37.9% on 33-of-87 shooting from the field in the game. With the loss, the Mavericks record dropped to to 28-22 on the season, as they now suffered their first loss in the month of April. The loss also means that their season-high five game winning streak is snapped and are now 3 1/2 game from the fifth seed in the tight western conference standings.

The Bucks are coming into this game by going 6-4 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a nail biting 122-121 loss against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday to see their record drop to 32-18 on the season. The Bucks are coming into this season with heavy hopes of trying to make another crack at making a deep playoff run to reach the NBA Finals. The Bucks are currently the third seed in the eastern conference and still have a chance at grabbing the top seed in the conference. This team is led by Giannis Antetokounmpo as they look to finally reach the NBA Finals. If their trend continue, they have a good shot at landing a top seed in time for the playoffs.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks lost their last meeting with the Bucks 112-109 on January 15th, 2021. This matchup will be the final time these two teams will meet during the regular season. The Mavericks previously swept their regular season series last season 2-0 against the Bucks. Overall, the Bucks hold the all-time series with a record of 42-36.

The Mavericks started this game by having Tyler Bey (illness), Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety protocols), JJ Redick (right heel soreness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) ruled out but have Trey Burke (left calf strain) and Maxi Kleber (right lower leg soreness) available for the game. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Kleber, Finney-Smith and Porzingis as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Brook Lopez as he nailed a slam dunk for the Bucks to get this game underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 9:50 mark as Kristaps Porzingis nailed two free-throws to come within 4-2 of the Bucks. The Mavericks were able to tie the game after Josh Richardson nailed a layup to tie the game at 4-4 with 9:29 left in the quarter. Soon after the Mavericks tied the game, they would grab their first lead in the game after Kristaps Porzingis nailed a jump shot with 9:03 left in the quarter to take a 6-4 lead. The Mavericks would extend their lead to five points after Luka Doncic nailed a difficult three pointer with 7:43 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 14-9. The Bucks would soon come all the way back to tie the game at 14-14 after Donte DiVincenzo drilled a three pointer to tie the game with 7:06 left in the quarter. The Bucks would call a timeout with 6:22 left in the quarter after the Mavericks went on a 5-0 run to take a 19-14 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks offense was so much better as they were knocking down shots to begin the game. The Mavericks started this game by making seven of their first twelve attempts while the Bucks had a good start as they made six of their first eleven attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Bucks turned to Jrue Holiday but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot that kept the score at 19-14 with 5:59 left in the quarter. The Bucks were able to, once again, cut their deficit to two points after Brook Lopez knocked down a jump shot with 5:00 minutes left in the quarter to come within 19-17 of the Mavericks. This was a fairly even game as both teams were able to be within range of each other. The game was tied once again after Bobby Portis knocked down a slam dunk to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:22 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Bucks were able to take a 31-29 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 8 points for the Mavericks. The Bucks were led by Bobby Portis and Jrue Holiday as they both scored 7 points. The Mavericks offense was in rhythm by getting good quality shots that was way much better than last game. The Mavericks finished the first quarter by shooting 40% on 10-of-25 shooting from the field. The Mavericks are 19-0 when leading after the first quarter but unfortunately they didn’t have a lead in this matchup.

The second quarter would begin by having Khris Middleton nail a jump shot for the Bucks to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 11:18 mark as Dwight Powell nailed a layup to come within 33-31 of the Bucks. You made have read this before, but, the game found its way to be tied again after Dorian Finney-Smith finished off the “three point play” after making the “AND ONE” free-throw to tie the game at 36-36 with 9:35 left in the quarter. HELLO!? Nicolo Melli would knock down a three pointer to take a six point lead that forced the Bucks to call a timeout with 8:27 left in the quarter with the Mavericks leading 42-36. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks started this quarter on fire as they made five of their first six attempts taken while the Bucks had their “antlers stuck” as the only made two of their first five attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Bucks turned to Khris Middleton but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot that kept the score at 42-36 with 8:12 left in the quarter. Sorry to annoy you again but you probably guessed it, the game found its way to be tied again after Donte DiVincenzo knocked down a three pointer for the Bucks to tie the game at 42-42 that forced Rick Carlisle to take a timeout with 6:56 left in the quarter. Nobody could find that extra gas to create some separation from each other as both of them would find themselves to tie the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Jalen Brunson but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot that kept the score tied at 42-42 with 6:38 left in the quarter. The best way to describe how this game was going was if you were trying to “out-drive a deer that’s running beside you, no matter how fast you were driving the car, the deer would find a way to keep pace with you”. The Mavericks would create a one point lead after Kristaps Porzingis drilled a three pointer to take a 49-48 lead with 2:52 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Bucks were able to create some momentum to take a 56-55 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Brook Lopez all scored 13 points for their respective teams. The Mavericks settled in the game by creating some good quality offense but the Bucks were able to match the Mavericks’ pace, if not better. The Mavericks finished the first half by shooting 41.7% on 20-of-48 shooting from the field. The biggest difference in the first half was rebounds, as the Bucks out-rebounded the Mavericks 30-24 in the first half.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Luka Doncic nail a two pointer to grab the lead at 57-56. The Bucks would call a timeout with 10:22 left in the quarter as they began the quarter sloppy by missing all of their first three attempts taken while the Mavericks were better by making one of their first two attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Bucks turned to Jrue Holiday as he was able to convert on a jump shot to regain the lead at 58-57 with 10:06 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would soon go out in front after Kristaps Porzingis nailed a slam dunk WITH AUTHORITY to take a 62-58 lead with 8:51 left in the quarter. The Bucks continued to struggle with their offense as they simply couldn’t get anything to fall down, which the Mavericks used to their advantage to create a five point lead after Maxi Kleber knocked down a three pointer with 7:39 left in the quarter to take a 65-60 lead. The Bucks finally got their offense rolling as Thanasis Antetokounmpo drilled a jump shot to come within one point of the Mavericks that forced Rick Carlisle to take a timeout with 5:23 left in the quarter with the Mavericks leading 68-67. Prior to this timeout, the Bucks were able to generate a quick 5-0 run to stay within range of the Mavericks. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Jalen Brunson as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 71-67 with 5:08 left in the quarter. The Bucks were able to cut their deficit to three points after Jrue Holiday knocked down a jump shot to come within 75-72 of the Mavericks with 2:53 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Bucks were able to generate some momentum and took a 84-80 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic as he scored 21 points for the Mavericks. The Bucks were led by Bobby Portis as he scored 18 points. The Mavericks started to generate some momentum and separation from the Bucks as the Bucks offense was simply not clicking until late in the quarter. Through three quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 41.1% on 30-of-73 shooting from the field. The biggest difference in the game thus far would be three pointers as the Bucks had a better percentage 43.5% than the Mavericks 29.4% from behind the arc.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Donte DiVincenzo nail two free-throws for the Bucks to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks weren’t able to get their first points in the quarter until the 11:37 mark by having Tim Hardaway Jr nail a three pointer to come within 86-83 of the Bucks. The Bucks would be able to extend their lead to four points after Khris Middleton knocked down a three pointer with 10:47 left in the game to take a 89-85 lead. The Mavericks were able to cut their deficit to two points after a big shot by Dorian Finney-Smith as he knocked down a huge three pointer to keep the Mavericks in the game and did it by cutting their deficit to 91-89 with 8:45 left in the game. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 8:01 left in the game as the Bucks took a 93-89 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Bucks were able to generate a 4-3 run to maintain control of the game. The Mavericks offense would need to generate something for the reminder of the game otherwise the Bucks would walk out of here with a victory. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Kristaps Porzingis as he was able to convert on a three pointer to come within one point of the Bucks at 93-92 with 7:48 left in the game. THE MAVERICKS WOULD RECLAIM THE LEAD AFTER KRISTAPS PORZINGIS DRILLED A HUGE THREE POINTER TO TAKE A 95-93 LEAD THAT FORCED THE BUCKS TO CALL A TIMEOUT WITH 6:41 LEFT IN THE GAME. BOOM! JUST LIKE THAT, the Mavericks were able to find themselves back in front, although it wasn’t easy at all, they were able to get it done by having Kristaps Porzingis go on a “personal” 6-0 run by knocking down back-to-back three pointers. The Mavericks still, need to play well for the reminder of the game if they want to claim the throne. Coming out of the timeout, the Bucks turned to Pat Connaughton but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer that kept the score at 95-93 with 6:25 left in the game. The Bucks would use their “Coach’s Challenge” by taking a timeout with 5:42 left in the game to review a foul call on Jrue Holiday. After the review, the Officials would stick with their original call thus costing the Bucks a timeout and their “Coach’s Challenge” that eventually resulted in Luka Doncic knocking down a jump shot to take a 99-95 lead with 5:31 left in the game. The Mavericks were able to generate a eight point lead after Kristaps Porzingis drilled a long three pointer to take a 103-95 lead with 4:28 left in the game. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout 3:37 left in the game to use their “Coach’s Challenge” on a foul call on Dorian Finney-Smith that would put Khris Middleton to the free-throw line. After the review, the Officials would overturn the original call thus resulting in a jump ball at mid-court and eliminating the free-throws that Khris Middleton would’ve got as the Mavericks won their “Coach’s Challenge”. All of that resulted in no points from either team. The Mavericks were able to generate a ten point lead after Josh Richardson nailed a jump shot to take a 107-97 lead with 3:01 left in the game. The Mavericks could see the finish line as all they needed to do was finish the reminder of the game strong by playing good defense to stop any threat by the Bucks.

This team looked like they wanted to play in this one unlike the previous game as the Mavericks were able to get some shots to fall down but the Mavericks couldn’t generate some separation from the Bucks, in which the Bucks used that to their advantage to take a 56-55 lead. This will be extremely tough for the Mavericks to generate a win on a second night of a back-to-back as they would need to figure out a way to stop the Bucks, otherwise, this game would belong to the Bucks.

In the end, it was the Dallas Mavericks defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 116-101 to win their sixth game out of seven. The Mavericks record would improve to 29-22 on the season. Luka Doncic finished the game with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in the win. The Bucks were led by Donte DiVincenzo as he finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds. The Mavericks also got production from Kristaps Porzingis as he recorded 26 points and 17 rebounds. This was an all around good team win for the Mavericks as everyone contributed in a big way to help generate this win. The Mavericks start the month of April by going 4-1.

The Mavericks will stay at home as they continue their mini three game home stand by hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. The Mavericks will have two days off before they will play the Spurs.

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