DALLAS — Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 41 factors, Maxi Kleber had 25 with eight of Dallas’ playoff-record 22 made 3-pointers and the Mavericks, with out celebrity Luka Doncic, evened up their first-round collection with a 110-104 win over the Utah Jazz in Recreation 2 on Monday night time.
The Mavericks, at risk of dropping the primary two video games after opening the playoffs with home-court benefit for the primary time since their NBA title 11 years in the past, overcame a 10-point deficit after halftime.
Kleber, who had made solely 19% of his 3-point makes an attempt because the All-Star break, was 8-of-11 from past the arc when the Mavs wanted them essentially the most. His 3-pointer with 4:21 put Dallas forward to remain at 99-98, and he then added one other on the following possession.
“I began this morning, I used to be speaking to (Finney-Smith) and I informed him, ‘Doe, I’m going to let 10 3s fly tonight.’ And he mentioned, ‘That’s my canine.’ And that sort of set the tone for the day,” Kleber mentioned. “The mindset is we all know they’re going to go away sure guys open to shoot. We’ve simply acquired to let it fly.”
Recreation 3 is Thursday night time in Utah, the place Dallas has misplaced its final 11 video games.
“We did what we needed to do, which was received tonight. However we have been solely centered on tonight,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd mentioned. “We perceive what’s in entrance of us, what’s coming. It’s going to be a hostile surroundings. They play extraordinarily properly at residence.”
Brunson, the start line guard with Doncic out, turned the fifth Dallas participant to attain 40 factors in a playoff recreation. Doncic was one of many earlier 4 to do this.
Donovan Mitchell had 34 factors for Utah, whereas Bojan Bogdanovic had 25 and Jordan Clarkson 21. Rudy Gobert had eight factors and 17 rebounds.
A 3-pointer by Clarkson put the Jazz up 60-50 early within the third quarter, and the one time Dallas led in that quarter was when Kleber hit a 3 with two minutes left for a 74-73 lead. However Bogdanovic then hit a 3, and the Jazz led 81-74 on the finish of the third after a basket by Mitchell.
Dallas didn’t lead once more till a 3 by Dorian Finney-Smith with 6:12 left.
Doncic was nonetheless out due to a strained left calf he suffered within the common season finale eight days earlier. Coach Jason Kidd mentioned earlier than the sport that the 23-year-old All-Star was making progress, “undoubtedly entering into the proper path” and doing extra every day.
Brunson, who had 24 factors when the Mavs misplaced 99-93 in Recreation 1, made his first 5 pictures — with three 3s — within the first 6 minutes. He already had 13 factors with Dallas up 16-9, then missed a shot earlier than scoring the following Mavs basket by accelerating by means of the protection for a layup.
“He didn’t wait. He took up the area and was aggressive from the soar ball,” Kidd mentioned. “We talked about it earlier. Don’t wait. Get to your spot and do what you do finest. I assumed he ran the crew extraordinarily properly.”