4 things from the Dallas Mavericks win over the Utah Jazz, 103-100

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in the Dallas 103-100. The win raises the Mavericks record to 4-3. It’s a great way to start November for the Mavericks. The loss makes the sudden Jazz 6-3.

The Jazz team raced to take a big lead in the first quarter, going 15-4 to run at one point. the reason? A less than stellar defense by the Mavericks led to some open shots behind the arc by Jazz, and they converted, going 6 of 11 from deep in the first quarter. The Mavericks tightened things up, though, and they got some backtracking. Utah went 0 of 7 with 3 throws in the second quarter. Dallas also made getting to the edge a priority, going 8 of 12 in the paint in the second quarter, versus 4 of 5 in the first. The Jazz went to the break by three points, 50-47.

They knocked out the inning with a blast, and went on a 14-4 run which led to a double-digit lead. But Dallas refused to let them escape in the match, strengthening the defense once more and holding off the Jazz’s lead. The Mavericks began to realize that Utah had no one to guard Christian Wood, and he went into tears. Finally, in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Mavericks kicked in from depth and moved forward into the triple corner from Josh Green. After that, the three began to fall and the defectors withdrew away. The Jazz made their comeback with less than two minutes remaining, but Reggie Bullock managed to secure the win with a late corner kick with three.

Luka Doncic led all scorers with 33 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. The wood is cut at 21 points from the bench. Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz team with 22 points.

Christian Wood’s ability to make a difference has become undeniable

There has been a lot of discussion online and off about Wood’s record. Jason Kidd has certainly been erratic in its distribution, and speculation is due to his defense. And there were plenty of examples tonight of Wood not knowing where he should be on the defensive end, missing the courses. But his ability to get buckets will make it difficult for Kid to keep him on the bench. He’s the only one other than the goalkeeper on the team who can create his own shot. It can record inside and out. His bounce was a huge plus. Wood finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 10 of 15 shot. I was a wait-and-see approach with Wood despite his talent. I don’t think I have much to wait for.

The Mavericks restricted the fast break points by jazz

The Jazz love to run a bit, and sit in the top half of the league with 15.4 FC points per game. Tonight, the Mavericks only made them 10th. This was a big factor in winning. The normally sluggish Mavericks, meanwhile, ended up scoring 11 fast break points. It’s not particularly insightful to suggest that blocking easy baskets while getting a few in is a good way to win basketball games, but seeing Dallas do it now and then would be great.

Dwight Powell is still doing his job

I don’t know what to do with Powell. His limits are clear, especially against elite teams, but when he’s in the game, offense seems to work best. He knows when to dive, when to rejoice, and where to be at all times in between. He’s also the best screen designer on the team. Powell is basically sound in defense, but can be intimidated from below, so he causes some problems against teams with great talented players. Anyway, he finished the match with nine points and five rebounds. It was +25 for the game.

The Mavericks won by shooting the clutch

Technically, it won’t come down in the form of minutes, but the Mavericks started hitting big kicks from deep in the fourth quarter. He helped them pull out and win the match. They fired 5 out of 10 on 3 throws in the period. Bullock’s triple-angle pointer to throw away the game was the perfect punctuation mark in the game. That fourth quarter looked like the team that went to the Western Conference Finals last season. Hopefully they can collect four-quarters of that again soon.

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