The Rundown: Mavericks top Jazz, Clippers edge Nets

Published February 7, 2023, 3:00 PMMiguel Flores

Even without Luka Doncic and the newly acquired Kyrie Irving, the Mavs pulled out a win over the Jazz. The Clippers, meanwhile, leaned on Paul George against the Nets.


Celtics 111, Pistons 99

Cavaliers 114, Wizards 91

Clippers 124, Nets 116

Bulls 128, Spurs 104

Kings 140, Rockets 120

Mavericks 124, Jazz 111

Warriors 141, Thunder 114

Bucks 127, Trail Blazers 108

What went down

On the heels of one of the biggest trades ever in the middle of a season, both the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets pulled off some interesting results.

The Mavs, without newly acquired Kyrie Irving and the injured Luka Doncic, grabbed a road win against the tough Utah Jazz.

Without their superstars, Dallas got career games from two of their young players. 2020 1st round pick Josh Green and 2022 2nd round pick Jaden Hardy each tallied 29 points to get the Mavericks over the edge.

The Mavericks traded away Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith, along with three future draft picks. With minutes position up for grabs, Green and Hardy both made a good case to continue getting looks. Dallas is currently fifth in the West with a 29-26 record with several teams nipping at their heels.

In Brooklyn, Cam Thomas went off for 47 points, his second straight 40-point performance, but the Nets couldn’t hang on against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Winner of eight of their last 10 games, the Clippers leaned on Paul George in the final quarter. He finished with 29 points as the Clippers remained fourth in the West with a 31-26 slate.

The Nets, according to reports, are still active on the trade market. This team has shown they have some depth and could still make waves in the East when Kevin Durant returns. They are fifth in the East with a 32-21 record.

Big-time baller

It’s almost impossible to beat the Golden State Warriors when they get on a bender like they did earlier today. Klay Thompson was close to again reaching the record for most 3-pointers in a game today as he dropped 12 triples en route to 42 points.

Thompson set the record back in 2018 when he drilled 14 against the Chicago Bulls. Today, the Warriors rained 26 total triples on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Steph Curry still doesn’t have a clear timetable for his return, so the Warriors are going to need more of this from Klay.

What he said

The Los Angeles Lakers were in the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes, but the Nets reportedly were unwilling to trade Irving to LA without getting an exorbitant package.

In an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, LeBron James verbalized his disappointment that the Lakers were unable to get a deal done.

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Irving has officially arrived in Dallas, where he was welcomed by Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Whether or not this trade works out for the Mavericks could define the next few years for the franchise as they navigate Doncic’s prime.