With the 2019-2020 NBA season officially underway, there is one thing
already abundantly clear: this might be one of the most thrilling NBA seasons we’ve been captivated with in a long time.
Tonight’s game was a battle of two young cores with bright futures. Unfortunately, The New Orleans Pelicans were once again without their #1 draft pick, Zion Williamson. Meanwhile, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis looked to continue their success from the first game of the season with a win at home.
As the game tipped off, the first thing that’s noticed is the pace New
Orleans is playing with. Perhaps the pressure of not playing in Los Angeles has helped Ball and Ingram both remember how to have fun again. It’s apparent they are playing at a different pace than last year already. Their team is fast, and the chemistry is already there. This makes the return of Zion much more enticing.
As the first quarter concluded New Orleans would lead 27-41, with Favors and Ingram leading the attack with 10 and 9 points each, respectively.
Dallas came back in the 2nd quarter though, taking a 5-point lead
with 2-minutes to go. Luka and Kristaps, the duo nobody is talking about, helped lead the comeback by outscoring the Pelicans 45-23. As the buzzer of halftime would sound off, Dallas would lead 72-64. New Orleans is still fairly inexperienced though, so perhaps this will serve as a great learning opportunity for them.
In the 3rd quarter, Dallas maintained the same level of excellence
from the 2nd quarter, and eventually spread the lead to double-digits. Though, an interesting stat to take note of is the almost identical shooting percentages for both teams: right at 50%. This is most likely a result of the Pelicans not having their guy to score. As the quarter came to an end, however, the Pelicans would go on a run that brought the score to 95-93. Luka Doncic is also casually flirting with a triple-double.
As the fourth quarter took off the Mavs would take a ten-point lead, only to
have it trimmed down dramatically. The teams would go back and forth scoring through the quarter, and the game would find the score tied twice. However, the lack of star power for the Pelicans became obvious as the Mavericks would close the game out 123-116. Luka Doncic added another triple double to his career. He also came out as the star of the game as he hit a bank shot 3-Pointer with 1:23 left to seal the victory.
Kristaps Porzingis: 24 Points
Luka Doncic: 25 Points/10 Rebounds/10 Assists
Brandon Ingram: 25 Points/8 Rebounds
Featured Photo Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn – USA TODAY
Secondary Photo Credit: Bleacher Report
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