Luka Doncic and the Mavericks are hitting big on the Heat

The start of the game was fairly balanced, but Dallas, with better outside skills, took a slight lead (14-8). Reggie Bullock, who was capable early in the game, chained two consecutive 3-pointers to give the Mavericks a lead.

Dallas is shooting 6-of-12 from behind the arc this first quarter. A cheeky appeal, backed up by Luka Doncic’s 3-pointer to end that first drive in style (31-19).

The Mavericks start the second quarter the same way they ended the first, with a very good outside address, well distributed. All players participate in a well-functioning team.

Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler currently do not have subscribers, the Heat then relies on Victor Oladipo to stay around (47-37). But Luka Doncic is great and scored 17 points with 4 minutes before halftime to give his Slovenian team a 15-point lead (56-41). Miraculously, Miami returns to the locker room with only 9 points (60-51).

Coming back from the locker room, Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer brings Miami back to within six points (60-54). But Dallas would take a 15-point lead (72-57) to erase that potential Heat comeback. Miami can’t answer and sees the lead increase to over 20 points (83-61). Dallas leads by 25 points at the end of the 3rd quarter (92-67).

Q4 will be nothing but “garbage time”. Dallas wins 115-90 and returns to winning ways after three straight losses.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

– Mavericks’ 3-point address. Dallas was able to rely on 18/38 effective 3-pointers for 47.4% success! They came out early, which allowed them to get a very early lead over the Heat and maintain a high offensive tempo throughout the game. The Heat players opted to double-team Luka Doncic on almost every possession, leaving other Mavericks players open. They were punished.

– Disappointing Heat leaders. Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry won their match. They didn’t play their best, and it reflected in Miami’s collective performance and a starved offense that should make Jason Kidd happy.

TOPS/FLOPS

✅ Luka Doncic. He had a great game, he was very skilled. Above all, he was the Mavericks’ boss, leading the offense as usual. He was able to demonstrate his qualities as a leader with game intelligence and vision: 34 points on 12/24 shooting, including 5/8 from 3-point range, as well as 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

✅ Reggie Bullock. He was hot from the start, sanctioning the Heat every time Luka Doncic was picked off by Miami’s defense: 15 points, 5-of-6, 3-pointer.

✅ Victor Oladipo. He was the Heat’s only satisfaction: 20 points on 9/12 shooting, including 2/3 on 3-pointers.

⛔️ Heat owners. They were unrecognizable both in attack and defense. There is no aggression and envy.

NEXT

Mavericks (25-22): Taking on the Clippers on Sunday (8:30 p.m.).

Heat (25-22): reception of the Pelicans on Sunday (9:30 p.m.).

dallas / 115 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
D. Finney-Smith 25 3/5 2/3 2/2 0 1 1 3 5 1 0 0 +23 10 13
T. Hardaway Jr. 27 1/10 1/5 5/5 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 +25 8 4
D. Powell 33 3/5 0/1 0/0 3 3 6 1 2 2 2 0 +11 6 11
S. Dinwiddie 31 5/12 3/10 6/6 0 3 3 2 3 0 1 0 +13 19 16
L. Doncic 38 12/24 5/8 5/8 1 11 12 7 0 1 3 0 +29 34 36
D. Bertans 10 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 -5 2 3
R. Bullock 28 5/7 5/6 0/0 1 2 3 1 4 2 0 1 +33 15 20
F. Ntilikina 5 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -2 2 2
J. Green 27 3/7 1/3 5/5 3 2 5 3 2 0 1 0 +13 12 15
T. Pinson 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 1
AJ Lawson 4 2/2 1/1 0/2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -3 5 3
J. Hardy 8 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 -9 2 -1
37/80 18/38 23/28 10 27 37 21 22 7 10 1 115 123
Miami / 90 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
J. Butler 26 3/7 0/0 6/6 2 2 4 1 3 2 1 0 -21 12 14
C. Martin 33 2/6 1/3 2/2 0 6 6 1 2 0 2 1 -22 7 9
B. Adebayo 35 7/14 0/0 4/6 2 9 11 4 2 0 2 0 -18 18 22
K. Lowry 21 2/3 0/0 1/2 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 -12 5 9
T. Herro 30 6/11 0/2 4/5 0 5 5 1 3 0 4 0 -9 16 12
H. Highsmith 6 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 +2 2 2
O. Robinson 11 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 0 -2 0 2
G. Vincent 27 3/9 1/6 3/4 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 0 -13 10 4
W. Oladipo 28 9/12 2/3 0/0 0 0 0 2 3 1 2 0 -14 20 18
Mr. Strus 24 0/5 0/5 0/0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 -16 0 -2
33/69 4/20 20/27 5 34 39 15 22 3 15 1 90 90

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