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Game 67 Recap: Mavs vs Cavaliers

On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Cleveland Cavaliers on the second night of a back-to-back at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks are looking to keep piling on wins with the season coming to an end. The Mavericks control their own destiny in maintaining control of the fifth seed in the western conference standings.

On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Brooklyn Nets in the fifth-to-last home game of the season. The Mavericks started this game in rhythm as they were able to get their offense going. The Mavericks were able to build a 63-62 halftime lead. The third quarter would being awfully slow as both teams couldn’t knock down a single shot but the Mavericks were able to turn things around in the fourth quarter by claiming a 113-109 win. Luka Doncic finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the huge win. The Mavericks were able to get production from Tim Hardaway Jr as he finished with 23 points to help the Mavericks get the win. With the win, the Mavericks record improved to 38-28 on the season, as they are now 10 games above .500 for the first time this season. The Mavericks were able to get some help around the league as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, which allows the Mavericks to gain some separation in creating a 1 game lead to maintain control of the fifth seed in the western conference standings. The Mavericks also hold the crucial tiebreaker over the Los Angeles Lakers, thanks to winning the season series against them. Luka Doncic just needs 7 points to reach 5,000 points in his career and would become the fastest active player to 5,000 career points in his 194th game with this matchup. Luka Doncic will become the 16th player in Mavericks franchise history to score 5,000 points, once he reaches the mark.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming into this game by going 1-9 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a 141-105 blowout loss against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday to see their record drop to 21-45 on the season. The Cavaliers were coming into this season with some hopes of trying to make a run at making the playoffs but it didn’t turn out that way as they now have turned their attention to getting a good draft pick for the upcoming NBA Draft. The Cavaliers are currently the fifth-worst team in the NBA as they have been eliminated already from playoff contention. This team is led by Collin Sexton as they look to finish the season with some wins. If their current trend continues, they will have a good shot at landing a good draft pick for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks have never played the Cavaliers until this matchup. The Mavericks previously swept their regular season series last season 2-0 against the Cavaliers. Overall, the Cavaliers hold the all-time series with a record of 40-37.

The Mavericks started this game by having Maxi Kleber (right Achilles soreness), Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness), Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) and JJ Redick (injury recovery, right heel) be ruled out for this game. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Hardaway Jr, Finney-Smith and Cauley-Stein as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Cedi Osman as he nailed a driving layup for the Cavaliers to get this game underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 10:33 mark as Josh Richardson drilled a jump shot to tie the game at 2-2. The Mavericks were able to grab their first lead in the game after Luka Doncic nailed a driving layup to take a 4-2 lead with 10:01 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would extend their lead to five points after Luka Doncic knocked down a three pointer to extend their lead to 7-2 with 9:32 left in the quarter. You couldn’t of asked the Mavericks to get off to a better start than this as their offense was clicking in the opening minutes of the game. Everything was going the Mavericks way as Luka Doncic knocked two free-throws to extend their lead to 13-4 with 8:01 left in the quarter. Those free-throws would give Luka Doncic exactly 5,000 career points as he has done it in the opening minutes of the game. Congratulations to Luka Doncic on reaching the 5,000 career points milestone in his 194th career game played. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 6:52 left in the quarter after the Mavericks was shrunk to 13-8. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the game by making five of their first eleven attempts while the Cavaliers made just three of their first ten attempts taken thus far. The game was going how you probably expected it to go, with the Mavericks in control of the game thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Tim Hardaway Jr as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 15-8 with 6:39 left in the quarter. The Cavaliers were able to trim their deficit to four points after Dean Wade knocked down a three pointer to come within 15-11 of the Mavericks with 6:22 left in the quarter. The Cavaliers would call a timeout with 4:48 left in the quarter after the Mavericks extended their lead to 20-11. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a 7-3 to maintain control of the lead thus far. The Mavericks offense was in rhythm as it seemed like everyone was contributing to put some points on the board. Coming out of the timeout, the Cavaliers turned to Jarrett Allen as he was able to convert on a layup, on multiple second chance opportunities, to come within 20-13 of the Mavericks with 4:04 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 33-19 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Tim Hardaway Jr as he scored 11 points for the Mavericks. The Cavaliers were led by Collin Sexton as he scored 8 points. This quarter was simply dominated by the Mavericks as the used a good start to control this quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks were shooting 45.8% on 11-of-24 shooting from the field. The Mavericks still have to play their style of offense and not fall under the Cavaliers style, if they want to leave the arena with a win.

The second quarter would begin by having Luka Doncic nail two free-throws for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Cavaliers wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 10:14 mark as Isaiah Hartenstein nailed a two pointer to come within 35-21 of the Mavericks. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 9:58 left in the quarter after the Mavericks lead shrunk to 35-23. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the quarter by not making a single shot in their first two attempts while the Cavaliers made two of their first five attempts taken thus far. The Cavaliers were able to generate a 4-2 run to open the quarter to try to create some momentum in the game thus far. The Mavericks offense would need to pick it up because they don’t want to allow the Cavaliers to generate something and then boom, they’re back in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Luka Doncic as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 37-23 with 9:41 left in the quarter. The Cavaliers were creating good opportunities on offense, the only problem for them was, the shots weren’t going in, otherwise, we would be talking about a completely different ball game. The Mavericks were able to extend their lead to seventeen points after Jalen Brunson knocked down two free-throws to extend their lead to 42-25 with 8:12 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were just cruising in the quarter as they were able to control the game, with the Cavaliers showing no threat thus far in the game. The Cavaliers would call a timeout with 6:34 left in the quarter after the Mavericks extended their lead to twenty points at 47-27. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a 12-4 run to maintain control of the game. The Mavericks desperately needed this type of a performance, especially on the second night of a back-to-back as they still looked fresh in the game thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Cavaliers turned to Isaac Okoro but couldn’t convert as he missed a layup that kept the score at 47-27 with 6:09 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would extend their lead to twenty-three points after Tim Hardaway Jr was able to convert the rare “four-point play” by knocking down the “AND-ONE” free-throw after knocking down the three pointer while being fouled to extend their lead to 53-30 with 5:17 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to extend their lead to twenty-five points after Dwight Powell knocked down a jump shot to extend their lead to 57-32 with 3:52 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 62-37 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic as he scored 18 points for the Mavericks. The Cavaliers were led by Cedi Osman as he scored 10 points. This quarter was simply had “Mavericks” written all over it as the Cavaliers couldn’t generate anything to get themselves back in the game. This game would be reaching “blowout territory” if the Mavericks could generate some more offense while getting a couple more stops on defense and they would be able to give their key players some rest throughout the game. At the end of the first half, the Mavericks were shooting 45.7% on 21-of-46 shooting from the field. This is exactly what you wanted the Mavericks to do and they were able to get it done 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 jump shot to extend their lead to 64-37. Jarrett Allen was able to score the first points in the quarter for the Cavaliers as he nailed a two free-throws with 10:14 left in the quarter to come within 64-39 of the Mavericks. To put this into perspective of how well this game was going for the Mavericks, they were on the verge of reaching the 70-point mark while the Cavaliers are having trouble reaching the 40-point mark in the game. The Mavericks were able to extend their lead to twenty-nine points after Tim Hardaway Jr knocked down a “tip-in” shot to extend their lead to 68-39 with 8:57 left in the quarter. The Cavaliers were able to finally break the 40-point mark as Collin Sexton knocked down the “AND-ONE” free-throw to come within 68-42 of the Mavericks with 8:41 left in the quarter. The way the Mavericks were playing in this quarter, it looked like they wouldn’t even need to play their starters in the fourth quarter as it was quickly reaching “blowout territory”. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 7:28 left in the quarter after the Mavericks lead shrunk to 73-46. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the quarter by making five of their first nine attempts while the Cavaliers made just three of their first eight attempts taken thus far. This game was dominated by the Mavericks as the Cavaliers were on the verge of waving the “white flag” and call it a game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Willie Cauley-Stein but couldn’t convert as he missed a alley-oop attempt that kept the score at 73-46 with 7:08 left in the quarter. The Cavaliers finally reach the 50-point mark after Collin Sexton knocked down a floating jump shot to come within 75-50 of the Mavericks with 6:02 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were on the verge of breaking the 80-point mark while the Cavaliers just reached the 50-point mark, after Josh Richardson knocked down a three pointer to extend their lead to 78-53 with 4:35 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 86-65 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic as he scored 24 points for the Mavericks. The Cavaliers were led by Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman as they each scored 17 points. Once again, the Mavericks were able to dominate another quarter as this game was reaching “blowout territory” because the Mavericks’ offense was simply in rhythm and flowing, which was too much for the Cavaliers. Through three quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 47% on 31-of-66shooting from the field. It would be crucial for the Mavericks’ starters to rest as much as they could because we need them to be fully healthy and ready to go, come playoff time.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Trey Burke nail a jump shot for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Cavaliers weren’t able to get their first points in the quarter until the 10:56 mark by having Collin Sexton nail two free-throws to come within 88-67 of the Mavericks. Both teams started to wave the “white flag” as Rick Carlisle started to empty the bench and giving some guys, who don’t see much playing time, some action in the game. Barring a far foreseen comeback from the Cavaliers, the Mavericks were well on their way to leaving the arena with a blowout win.

This team looked like they were ready to play and still had some energy left in them from the first game of this back-to-back. The Mavericks were simply dominating the Cavaliers on both ends of the court as they were able to generate a 62-37 halftime lead. The Mavericks still needed to take care of business as they don’t want to allow the Cavaliers back in the game. This was another important game for the Mavericks to win as they wanted to maintain their 1 game lead for the fifth seed in the western conference standings.

In the end, it was the Dallas Mavericks defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-90 to extend their winning streak to three games. The Mavericks record would improve to 39-28 on the season as they extend their season-high eleven games above .500 on the season. Luka Doncic finished the game with 24 points and 8 rebounds in the blowout win. The Cavaliers were led by Collin Sexton as he finished with 27 points and 4 assists. The Mavericks were able to get production from Tim Hardaway Jr as he finished with 20 points in the win. The only players to have 5,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists in their first three seasons of their career are: Oscar Robertson, LeBron James and now Luka Doncic, as he reached the 5,000 career points plateau in this game. Once again, congratulations to Luka Doncic on reaching 5,000 career points in his 194th career game. The Mavericks have now won four of their last five games to begin the month of May. With the win, the Mavericks were able to remain in the control of the fifth seed in the western conference standings. The Mavericks also clinched their SouthWest division with this win and it’s now the fourth time in franchise history that the Mavericks clinched their division.

The Mavericks will continue to play the Cavaliers but this time, they will travel to Cleveland to play them in their arena on Sunday as part of this “mini” two game series.

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