Final: Pistons 113, Mavs 106
Behind the Box Score
Maxi Kleber’s streak of consecutive made field goals ended tonight at 10, a span that stretched across three games. I’m not sure how to even track something like this, but I have to believe it’s one of the longer streaks we’ve seen around Dallas in a very long time. Even back in the day when Brandan Wright was shooting almost 80 percent from the field, he was still missing one out of every five shots. Making 10 in a row is really, really tough.
Dorian Finney-Smith set a new season-high tonight with 15 points, one game after matching his season-best mark of 14.
Motley faced no easy task tonight, having to bang on the block with the super-sized Andre Drummond for most of the game. But the first-year pro proved up to the challenge and often got the better of the Pistons center. One of his most impressive plays of the night was also one of the simplest: After Dwight Powell grabbed a rebound, Motley sprinted down the floor like a tight end up the seam, and collected a pass for the layup.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 7, 2018
It’s pretty exciting to see a big man take off like that, but Motley has shown many times that he’s got the athleticism and agility to make plays like that on a fairly regular basis. He’s got energy and the willingness to hustle, and when you combine that with scoring ability and talent in the post, you have the ingredients to what could be a nice player in the years to come.
The Mavs (24-56) will play the Philadelphia 76ers (48-30) on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center at 12 p.m. Central.