Tim Hardaway Jr., Mavericks Defeat Wizards


The visiting Dallas Mavericks defeated the Washington Wizards 130-117 on Wednesday night thanks to 28 points and 10 assists from Luka Doncic and a season-high 31 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. off the bench.

Hardaway’s best-scoring half of the season occurred during the first two quarters when he scored 22 points. By the end of the game, he had made 11 of 20 field goals and 7 of 11 three-pointers.

Despite playing without their star guard Kyrie Irving, the Mavericks cruised to victory thanks to Doncic’s four 3-pointers and seven rebounds.

Before the game, Dallas coach Jason Kidd stated that the team didn’t want to take any chances on the second night of a back-to-back set because Irving’s sprained left foot was “bothering him”. Tuesday, the Mavericks fell short against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, 131-110.

Derrick Jones of Dallas scored twenty points, and rookie Dereck Lively II added a career-high seventeen points and nine rebounds. For the Mavericks, who shot a solid 52.2 percent from the field (48 of92) and 40.5 percent from 3-point range (17 of42), the two combined to make 15 of 19 of their field goals.

The Wizards have dropped eight of their previous nine games and four of their last five games. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 22 points, Jordan Poole with 16, and Deni Avdija with 15.

Avdija made a 3-pointer to give Washington an early 9–7 lead. Doncic and Hardaway then highlighted Dallas’ comeback to a 32–17 lead with two more 3-pointers apiece.

With 1:56 remaining before halftime, Hardaway widened the gap for the Mavericks with three 3-pointers in a span of 99 seconds, stoking his scorching second-quarter form. Before the half, Kuzma added a layup, and Poole converted from beyond the arc.

Dallas had a halftime lead of 71-51.

Before Kuzma scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to bring Washington within sixteen, the Wizards had essentially stayed even in the third quarter. The Mavericks answered with 15 of the next 19 points to take a 119-92 lead, led by Seth Curry’s two 3-pointers and successful four-point play.

The result was certain for the remainder of the process.