The Mavericks beat the Jazz 147 to 97 tonight.
This isn’t what the Jazz meant by this pic.twitter.com/eGNZzxwgI1— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 7, 2023
The Dallas Mavericks, with former Jazz lottery pick Dante Exum in their starting line-up, were equally terrific on offense and defense against the faltering Utah Jazz. The star-studded Mavericks got out to a quick lead behind an aggressive shooting barrage by Doncic, being up 13-4 two and a half minutes into the game. The Dallas Mavericks never looked back and were up by 23 by half-time. MVP candidate Luka Doncic put on a clinic tonight. He had a 29-point triple-double by half-time. His final stat line was 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. No one on the Utah Jazz ever made Luka feel uncomfortable on offense as he confidently took threes, drew and-ones on midranges, and got to the rim. Kyrie Irving effectively played off the ball tonight, racking up 26 points on 16 field goal attempts.
Luka Doncic FILLED THE BOX SCORE in only 3 quarters— NBA (@NBA) December 7, 2023
40 PTS / 11 AST / 10 REB
Luka Doncic recorded his 7th career game with 40+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 10+ assists, tying Wilt Chamberlain for 4th most in NBA history pic.twitter.com/ng9uvdzhBX
Common themes hindered the Jazz again tonight, they gave up open threes and failed to adjust to Luka and Kyrie’s drives. The Jazz’s defense (or lack thereof) allowed a season-high in points, despite having a double overtime game under their belt this season. Also, the Jazz committed several turnovers (19) while being unable to consistently create high percentage shots. While it was nice to see Keyonte record 11 assists, his inability to create as the lead scoring guard was painfully evident tonight as he shot 2-11 from the field and had 5 turnovers. None of the ball-handling guards played much better tonight, which was a big reason why the offense failed to eclipse the 100-point mark for the 5th time this season.
This game was rough to watch as a Jazz fan but there were two bright spots, Ochai Agbaji and Taylor Hendricks. Agbaji ended with the team-high points of 21 and did so on 50% shooting (only Hendricks and Yurtseven also shot 50% or better for the Jazz tonight). While Agbaji couldn’t stop Luka, he still was active and played smart on the defensive end. Taylor Hendricks had another individually successful game in the rotation. He ended with 10 points and two steals. Hendricks was wonderful on defense tonight. It will be fascinating to monitor what will happen with Hendrick’s playing time when the hurt veterans take the floor again.
The Jazz played messy and uninspiring basketball tonight. On Friday, they have a chance to redeem themselves against the LA Clippers.