The Dallas Mavericks hosted the Boston Celtics Saturday night in American Airlines Center. After a 5 game absence Kristaps Porzingis returned to the starting lineup, immediately contributing on both ends of the court. Porzingis and Doncic were major factors in the Mavericks taking an early lead that would at one point in the second quarter ballon to as much as 21 points.
Jalen Brunson continued to provide immaculate vibes on the court but this time he would have to do it from the sixth man position. Early in the pregame press conference Jason Kidd told the media that Brunson would be returned to his original role as leader of the second unit. His time on the court however, didn’t change much at all. Brunson spent a lot of his 35 minutes playing with the first team, contributing 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Mavs 3rd quarter curse continued last night as they watched a once hefty lead evaporate. Jayson Tatum scored a bulk of his 32 games points in a quarter that saw the Mavs out scored 32-22. That trend would continue into the 4th quarter when the Celtics took the lead 104-102 with 2:12 left in the game. That Celtics lead was short lived though. Kristaps Porzingis managed to throw down a monumental putback dunk to tie things up at 104. Moments later Luka Doncic did what he does against Boston, he hit a game winning step-back three with multiple defenders guarding him at the buzzer to win the game.
Luka pour on 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in the winning effort. Outside of his game winner he also contributed several late game defensive efforts that helped alter the course of the game. Porzingis played 28 minutes in his return, adding 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. KP managed to be as active on the defensive end as he was on offense. If that is a sign of things to come then you should be excited about this Mavericks squad. Kristaps told press after the game that he knew his body better now than ever Kristaps told press after the game that he knew his body better now than ever before and knows when to not push himself too far with injuries. Let’s hope his body keeps telling him he can play.
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