Mavericks star Luka Doncic’s strained left calf forced him to sit out his second consecutive game against Utah Monday. But fueled by Jalen Brunson’s career-high 41 points, the Mavericks overcame their young cornerstone’s absence as they drilled a team-record 22 3-pointers to even the series at 1-1 with a 110-104 victory in Game 2.
Doncic was sidelined in the first-round opener on Saturday as the Mavs fell 99-93 in Dallas. The fourth-seeded Mavs who started the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago, sorely missed their 23-year-old superstar even though Jalen Brunson had 24 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22. Doncic strained his left calf six days earlier in the regular-season finale.
The Mavericks are 36-16 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas averages 108.0 points and has outscored opponents by 3.3 points per game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.