Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Preseason match between the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks on December 15, 2020.
Powered by the backcourt of Luka Doncic and Josh Richardson, Dallas rolled past Milwaukee for the second time in three days with a 128-112 victory at Fiserv-Forum arena.
In the first 24 minutes of play, the Mavericks sputtered. Luckily the team’s backcourt persevered.
The Rick Carlisle-coached team overcame Bucks’ 10-point lead in the third quarter with practically all of Mavericks’ starters played throughout that frame and combining for 50 points before taking a seat after the third quarter.
The reserves did not disappoint when their chance to dominate their opponent came in the fourth frame as they hit 56.5% of their shots, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
“The second half was terrific. Concentration was great; the spirit was there… the bench was into it. The second half is what we want to do and how we want to play. And we got to learn from the first half,” said Carlisle.
“Part of this is conditioning, part of it is getting to know one another. The group has played together virtually every day of training camp. We haven’t mixed up the teams a whole lot because we had some new guys,” he added.
“And the second unit has been together virtually every day as well. When we get into games, it’s not going to be hockey line changes in terms of substituting. Everybody’s going to have to be ready,” he further said.
“As a group, they stuck together. It was a long wait to get back in because I decided to play the starters basically the entire third quarter, both to see them close out a quarter and to get some conditioning. And the second unit came out at the beginning of the fourth and did a really nice job,” Carlisle reiterated.
For his part, Doncic said: “It was a big step. I felt way better. I think the whole team felt better.”
Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. stressed: “We got them pretty well in the first game (winning 112-102), and they wanted to come back and go at us. It was all about how we were going to take their punch. And I think the first group and the second group did a great job in the second half, made sure we got stops and pushed it on the offensive end.”
“Just coming out at halftime, coach said: set a tone. J-Rich started to get going again. Luka drove to the basket. That really set the tone and really helped our defense go a long way in the third quarter,” added Hardaway.
With the win, Mavericks moved to 2-0 in the preseason after two games against the high-powered Bucks.
Doncic had 15 of his 27 points in the third quarter when he and Giannis Antetokounmpo put on the kind of show befitting two superstar MVP candidates.
Speaking of Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee superstar tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
Despite their excellent first-half performance, the Bucks had problems guarding the perimeter in the latter portions of the match, as Mavericks made 22 of 46 3-pointers.
Milwaukee placed six scorers in double figures while shooting 50% (43 of 86) from the field. Khris Middleton had 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
Dallas vs Milwaukee
The scores: 32-28; 59-69; 95-93; 128-112
Mavericks (128) – Doncic 27, Richardson 23, Hardaway 17, Brunson 11, Green 10, Kleber 9, Burke 8, Cauley-Stein 8, Finney-Smith 6, Powell 5, Marjanovic 2, Terry 2, Johnson 0, Bey 0, Hinton 0.
Bucks (112) – G. Antetokounmpo 24, Middleton 13, Portis 12, Forbes 11, Lopez 11, Holiday 11, Nwora 7, Augustin 6, Craig 5, DiVincenzo 3, Connaughton 3, Wilson 3, Merrill 3, Adams 0, T. Antetokounmpo 0.