Jalen Brunson contributes to Mavericks 126-188 victory against Jazz
April 23, 2022
Dallas Mavericks defeated Utah Jazz in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday, April 21. Jalen Brunson's outstanding performance helped the Mavericks win the game 2-1 with a final score of 126-118.
Brunson was able to contribute his full potential despite his injury, making the Mavericks' triumph over the Jazz even more intriguing. Meanwhile, Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic is out due to a calf issue. Despite this, Doncic is scheduled to play Game 4 on Saturday.
Brunson's speed has decreased over the last few games while playing for the Mavericks against the Jazz after Royce O'Neale landed an elbow on Brunson's back, hence bruising him. In the last minutes of the first half, the players were setting themselves for a rebound when the incident occurred, forcing Brunson to leave.
Brunson plays integral part in Game 3
Brunson scored 31 points in Game 3 while making 12 of his 22 attempts. This comes after he set a career record with 41 points in Game 2 on 15 of 25 shooting. Brunson's performance also marks the first time in his four-year NBA career that he has scored more than 30 points in a row.
With 16.3 points per game, Brunson is the Mavericks' second-leading scorer. In the absence of Doncic, he also emerged as the series' top player and the Mavericks' primary ballhandler.
Brunson is consistently able to take advantage of the Jazz's shoddy ball defense. As a key component of the Mavericks, his talent is frequently the spark for ball movement. This time, the method yielded 18 points from 42 long-range shots in Game 3.
Brunson scored 31 points on the dribble, according to ESPN. The 22 points in the paint were earned by a combination of ballhandling, footwork, and strength.
The Mavericks have figured out how to play a five-out assault. That success can be attributed in large part to backup center Maxi Kleber's recovery from a shooting slump at the close of last season. In 22 minutes, he scored 12 of 16 points from the three-point range, for a total of 17 points. In addition, Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points to Spencer Dinwiddie's 20 points in the fourth quarter. Smith achieved it by shooting a three-pointer with only a few seconds left on the clock.
Brunson remains Mavericks top player despite injuries
Brunson had time to say a few things to the referee in charge at the time while still in the arena. Unfortunately, that didn't assist him at all, and he was assessed his second technical foul in the NBA. Brunson moved away, rubbing his lower back with care as he made his way to the locker room.
He could only watch his squad battle with a flat and strained look due to his ailment. He expressed his desire to speed up his recovery from his injury by stating that his squad had worked hard to win the game.
Brunson set a new high with 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and a 17.14 player efficiency rating despite his injury. He is still the Mavericks' best and most important player, putting in incredible performances. As a result, he is anticipated to recuperate quickly and compete in the following Game 4.