No Luka Doncic!  Dallas Mavericks also win Game 3 at Utah Jazz thanks to Jalen Brunson

No Luka Doncic! Dallas Mavericks also win Game 3 at Utah Jazz thanks to Jalen Brunson

The Dallas Mavericks also won Game 3 in Salt Lake City, beating the Utah Jazz 126-118. The Texans withstood a late attack from the Jazz and now lead the series 2-1, although Luka Doncic didn’t play a second.

Utah Jazz (5) – Dallas Mavericks (4) 118:126 (BOXSCORE), Series: 1-2

Jalen Brunson (31 points, 12/22 FG, 7/7 FT, 5 assists) was Dallas’ leading scorer again, and the guard was also there in the closing moments when Utah attacked desperately again with the small ball. Spencer Dinwiddie (20, 6/21, 6 assists), who successfully attacked Donovan Mitchell several times with drives, also played a good second half. The Mavs also reached 43% at a distance (18/42), the bank was mainly responsible for this.

Maxi Kleber (15, 5/6 FG) and Davis Bertans (15) sank four threes, Josh Green (12, 3/5 threes, 6 assists, 2 steals) did not hesitate and was successful. Dorian Finney-Smith (14, 6/12, 8 rebounds) played 47 minutes and excelled in defense, not just 4 steals. He also couldn’t stop Mitchell in the second half, the Jazz point guard recording 28 of his 32 points (10/21, 6 assists) after the switch.

Rudy Gobert (15, 6/6, 7 rebounds) was temporarily benched after the break, which worked for Utah at times but not in the fourth quarter. Mike Conley (21, 6/14, 6 assists) was significantly improved after his 0/7 performance, and Bojan Bogdanovic (24, 8/12) also scored well, but the defensive deficits were simply too big.

Even without Doncic, the Mavs picked up where they left off in Game 2. Brunson attacked Mitchell and Co., and the marksmen were still hot. Maxi Kleber hit his first three triples and Josh Green, the Mavs’ most shaky pitcher, also punished Jazz several times from the corner. In addition, the Mavs again played brilliantly on defense and this time they also had the boards under control.