The Dallas Mavericks faced the Philadelphia 76ers in their third and final tournament, and for the most part, the game looked pretty much like two teams that just wanted to make it to the eighth regular game season.
The 76ers looked a particularly terrible 5-in-27 shooter from the pitch in the first quarter. Mavericks attacked missiles, but Philadelphia could not buy a bucket. For Dallas, Kristaps Porzingis started burning with 13 points and 5 rebounds, but Luka Doncic fought almost. Even the Mavericks took the lead 24-13 one by one.
The 76ers climbed back into the game when the bench at Mavericks failed to protect the lead. Philadelphia reduced the lead to five, but beginners were able to find a pillow and hold the lead in the middle 48-39.
Thanks to a quick run to 10-2, the 76ers managed to take the lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter, mainly because Al Horford woke up from the first half-sleep, which drew points from the entire floor. Fortunately for Dallas, Doncic was able to force his will on Matisse Thybulle and the other helpless 76ers with Ben Simmons, who remained for the rest of the game. This kept Dallas at a striking distance, although the 76th quarter of Dallas overtook 15 in the quarter, scoring 41 total points. Philadelphia owned the 80-74 lead after three shots.
After dominating in the third quarter, Dallas continued the match 2: 2 with 86: 2.
In the fourth quarter of the minute, JJ Barea scored 11 points and made a miraculous comeback, which was one of Josh Reaves fired from a victory in regulation. He constantly had three daggers buried his dagger and set up teammates for easy buckets. He finished the game with 14 points in 15 minutes and was the MVP in the final regulatory game Mavericks, where he won 118-115.
Kristaps Porzingis started strong, but watched
Porzingis may be Mavericks’ biggest X-factor heading into the playoffs. We know what we get from Doncic, so if both Porzingis and Doncic can switch the Dallas switch, it will be difficult. Tonight Porzingis looked good on his way to the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, when he collected 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. He proved scoring at all three levels in the offense. He joined in from the depths, stumbled upon the patented one-day vanishing Dirk Nowitzki, and sealed Al Horford low to reach a light bucket.
When Doncic went to work, he was mostly quiet when he allowed Doncic to work, but allowed Horford to find his rhythm when the 76ers ran into the other half of the lead and never looked back. Porzingis finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but could not block the shot. Overall, it was a good trip for the big man in his last tuning.
The bench needs work
The Mavericks started the game strong and the bench immediately allowed the 76ers back into the game with poor defense and shot selection. Trey Burke was a breath of fresh air, but apparently not enough juice for the bench to collapse. The bench is plagued by passivity led by Delon Wright and Justin Jackson. While it might just be a tactic, the Mavericks rely too much on Bob Marjanovic as a rescue, which is simply not a good strategy.
Antonius Cleveland deserved his attention
The Mavericks hardly miss the depth of the wing, so every game is a potential audition and Cleveland looked nice compared to some of its counterparts. In 17 minutes, Cleveland scored 14 points with four rebounds. In the fourth quarter, he helped Dallas reach and showed reflections, energy, and hustle. It probably won’t burn much when the real things start, but it will soon get the most out of the Mavericks and probably deserves a shot when it counts.
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