The Mavericks started the match with a solid defense again, but like Game 1, he couldn’t make much of an attack. Even worse, they closed the neighborhoods poorly. The Jazz outperformed the Mavericks 17-8 in the last three minutes of the first and second quarters.
But Dallas continued to fight in the third quarter. They continued to lock in the jazz, but weren’t able to move forward until the Maxi Kleber 3 in the late quarter. Galen Bronson played a key role in keeping the Mavericks in the game, scoring 10 points in the third quarter. He finished his career with 41 highs in the game.
Utah led before the fourth quarter started in yet another 8-3, but the Mavericks were playing with confidence. And then they started making three. everyone. Kleber, Bronson, Dorian Finney Smith and Pollock. from everywhere.
At this point, I no longer have any other analysis for you other than a group of players winning every point they scored. I don’t remember a win like this since the 2014 Vince Carter beater against Spurs.
The only thing that stands out is the brave rebounding effort by the entire team. The result of the chest will tell you that the Mavericks were crushed on the boards, and they did. But they outperformed the Jazz 8-6 in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gobert controlled the glass until he didn’t, until it became more important.
there is hope. Here are three things from the game:
Galen Bronson has arrived
Whatever your lofty expectations for Bronson this season may be, they certainly haven’t been this high. I’ve been the driver of Galen Bronson’s hype train for years and never thought something like this was possible. But here we are.
41 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Two steals. 6 out of 10 from behind the arch. Plus-15 for the game. Zero rotation. What a line. In a game the Mavericks desperately needed, Bronson had the game of his life. This is one of those shows we will remember forever. It’s in the reel highlighting the Mavericks franchise. Bronson scored in every possible way. Look at his graph:
There are not enough words to perform like this. People say someone clings to the catch when they hit a hard shot at the end of the game. But a game like this? This is the clutch. When your team needs a big game or the season is in danger, and you play the game of your life? Private players do this.
Maxi Clipper is back to flaunt it
Speaking of showing up big when your team needs it most, Clipper finally came out of a month-long shooting stagnation and scored 25 points in an 8-of-11 shot from depth. And those points were also very timely. Clipper scored 19 points in the second half and 10 in the fourth quarter.
He nearly doubled his previous playoff career peak in points, which was 14 points against Los Angeles Clippers In the postseason last year. Clipper picked the best time to come out of his shell, because the Mavericks desperately needed to shoot him.
Clipper’s 3-point shot knocked Rudy Gobert out of the paint and cleared the fairway for Bronson and Spencer Dinwiddy. This unlocked more three-point shots for players like Vinnie Smith and Bullock. It’s scary to think, but shooting Clipper is key to Dallas’ victory. Hopefully he’s about to get hot throughout the series.
The Mavericks shot back with three points
The Mavericks rained three throws in the second half. They set a franchise record of three throws in a playoff game of 22, breaking the previous record of 20 shots, which had been set twice before. They hit six in the corners, and 16 over the first inning.
Dallas fired 46% from behind the arc on a large volume of shots (22 of 47). It’s hard to beat a team that hits multiple three-pointers unless you hit them at a similar rate. It wasn’t jazz. It may not be a repeatable strategy, but it has enabled the Mavericks to steal the win, and every game they expand in the series increases Luka Doncic’s playability. And if he manages to get into the game, anything can happen.
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