The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 116-100 loss to the Sacramento Kings
Mar 22, 2019Dwain Price
BROEKHOFF SHOWCASES HIS WARES: He doesn’t get to play much too often. But whenever he does, Ryan Broekhoff has this knack for simply showing off. The rookie from Australia played 17 minutes against the Kings and wound up scoring 13 points. Broekhoff’s only field goal attempts were from 3-point range, and he was an efficient 4-of-6 from that area of the court. The only other times this season Broekhoff has scored in double figures in a game where the season-high 15 points he tallied at Philadelphia on Jan. 5, and the 12 points he scored at Cleveland on Feb. 2.
MORE ACTION FROM JACKSON: One night after pouring in 21 points in a game at Portland, ex-Kings forward Justin Jackson bounced back to pour in 19 points against Sacramento. The 40 points are the most he’s scored during a two-game span all season. Jackson was 9-of-16 from the field against the Kings, bringing his total from for the last two games to 17-of-31 for 54.8 percent. Jackson’s performance was even more special since Thursday was World Down Syndrome Day, and he and his wife, Brooke, are huge advocates of Down Syndrome. Jackson had 75 guests attend Thursday’s game.
HIELD/BAGLEY LOOMED LARGE: The one-two combination of Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III made things difficult for the Mavs on Thursday. Especially in the second half. Hield scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, and Bagley added 14 of his 22 points after the first half. In the second second, Hield was a robust 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. In fact, every time the Mavs would mount a rally, it was as if either Hield or Bagley was there to put out the fire. Overall, Hield was 7-of-13 from 3-point range, while Bagley was 8-of-16 from the field and also grabbed 12 rebounds.
TOUGH NIGHT FOR DONCIC: You know a rookie is something special when he records a double-double and in the end he’s considered to have had a tough night. That was the situation Thursday night with Luka Doncic, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but was only 4-of-19 from the field for 21.1 percent. Percentage-wise, it was the third-worst shooting night for Doncic, topped only by the 2-of-11 for 18.2 percent he shot against Orlando on Dec. 10, and the 2-of-13 for 15.4 percent he shot at the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 30. Doncic now has 20 double-doubles this season.
POWELL BOUNCED BACK: Almost gone unnoticed were the 14 points, four rebounds, team-high five assists and two blocks the Mavs got from Dwight Powell on Thursday. Powell, who sometimes flies under the radar, played 30 minutes and was 4-of-6 from the field and converted his lone 3-point attempt. It was a nice bounce-back game for Powell, who scored just five points at Portland on Wednesday. That was Powell’s lowest scoring game since he scored two points in only three minutes against the Los Angles Clippers on Jan. 22.