Age: 21 Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 lbs School: North Carolina State
The Dallas Mavericks were again talking about a great performance by a rookie. Jalen Brunson started at point guard for the second consecutive game and scored a career-high 17 points as the Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 101-76 on Monday night. Brunson, who led Villanova to two national championships in the past three years and was a Mavs second-round pick, replaced the injured Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) and scored in double figures for the third straight game.
DeAndre Jordan torched his former team for 16 points and a season-high 23 rebounds Sunday, and Dennis Smith Jr., who had a front tooth knocked out in the third quarter, came up with a game-saving block to allow host Dallas Mavericks to earn their seventh consecutive home victory, 114-110 over the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan was pivotal in the victory, scoring on a late tip-in and then tipping and stealing a Lou Williams pass attempt with 19 seconds to go and Dallas trying to hold onto a 111-110 lead. After the Mavericks went ahead 112-110, the Clippers called timeout and went inside to Tobias Harris.
Dennis Smith Jr. had his tooth knocked out during a fight for a loose ball late in the third quarter, but he returned and made major contributions to the Mavs' 114-110 win over the Clips, including the game-sealing block, rebound and free throws.