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Mavs Take Momentum Into Game 3 vs. Jazz; Luka Doncic Returning?

The Luka Doncic-less Dallas Mavericks added more pressure to the fully-healthy Utah Jazz by tying the series at 1-1 on Monday night.

Dallas Mavericks fans are still riding a high after they watched their team knock off the Utah Jazz in Game 2 at American Airlines Center on Monday night, 110-104.

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It was “delirium in Dallas,” as NBA TV’s play-by-play man Kevin Calabro exclaimed on the nationally televised broadcast as the Mavs closed things out in the fourth quarter. The AAC was jumping as Jalen Brunson put up a career-best 41 points with no turnovers, and Maxi Kleber swishing home a career-best eight 3-pointers.

Now, as the series shifts to Salt Lake City, there is optimism that superstar Luka Doncic, who has yet to play this postseason due to a calf strain, could play in either Game 3 or Game 4. Doncic has been seen doing more on-court work over the last few days, and coach Jason Kidd says he’s getting better by the day.

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On this episode of the Mavs Step Back Podcast, host Dalton Trigg is joined by DallasBasketball.com colleague Grant Afseth and NBC News reporter Ben Collins to break down the Mavs’ Game 2 win, discuss how it changes things for Dallas going forward, adjustments that could be made for Game 3, and much more.


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