Mavs’ Doncic on Dinwiddie: ‘He’s a baller’

With 8:25 left in the third, the Golden State Warriors took their largest lead of 21 points (73-52) against the Mavericks Sunday night and took a 14-point lead into the fourth.

In the final quarter, the Warriors(43-18) had a 93-74 lead with just under 10 minutes left. From there, Dallas went on a 33-8 run to win 107-101 at Chase Center. 

This was Dallas’ (36-25) largest comeback win of the season. In addition, the Mavericks also broke Golden State’s streak of 62 consecutive wins when the Warriors led by 20-plus points.

Luka Doncic scored nine of his game-high 34 points in the fourth, and Spencer Dinwiddie, who played the entire fourth quarter, scored 10 of his 24 points.

Despite the large deficit, the Mavericks did not quit, and they slowly got back into the game and got it done.

“There was no quit in the group,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said postgame. “Everybody played until the end.”

The Mavericks went small in the fourth, with Dorian Finney-Smith playing the center spot, and according to Kidd, that group allowed Dallas to get back into the game.

“The group without Luka on the floor, it was a positive,” Kidd said. “Spencer(Dinwiddie) was big for us, Davis(Bertans), but that group when we went small with Dorian at the five really gave us a chance to win.”

Dinwiddie, who was acquired along with Bertans in the trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Washington before the trade deadline, had his second straight 20-plus point game Sunday night.

Doncic was impressed by what he saw from his newest teammate. 

“He can score the ball,” Doncic, who also added 11 rebounds, said. “He’s amazing with the ball; he can do a lot of things. I remember him in Brooklyn, and you could see that he’s a baller. That’s how I’m going to describe it. I’m just glad to have him.”

Dallas went with a three-guard lineup to close the show with Doncic, Dinwiddie, and Jalen Brunson. That lineup helped seal the deal for the Mavericks, and according to Kidd, this is a lineup that will see again at some point this season.

Currently, the Mavericks are 3-1 on their five-game road trip, which has been a success as they have beaten the Heat and Warriors. They finish the trip Tuesday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. No matter what happens there, this road trip has been a success for the Mavericks

Watch below as Dinwiddie talks big win over Warriors:

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