It’s the end of the NBA’s ‘regular season’ down at the Orlando bubble, and as a result of that many teams are resting their bigger names. The Dallas Mavericks were one of those on Monday night as they took on the Utah Jazz. As many would imagine, they didn’t start so well without slightly injured Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, falling behind by as many as 22 points. But that didn’t stop them from pulling out a victory in the end, riding the wave of momentum created by Tim Hardaway, Jr.’s 27 points. Seth Curry also helped them in the 122-114 win, getting 22 from the less famous Curry.
To be fair, it must also be said that the Jazz played with a lot of backups and did not have Donovan Mitchell on the court. However, it’s still going to sting any time you lead by as many as 22 and manage to lose a game. Elsewhere in the bubble, the Phoenix Suns remained hot, moving to 6-0 in their temporary home. Their 128-101 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder was keyed by Devin Booker’s 35 points. The win further ratchets up their chances at making the playoffs, something that seemed impossible to many earlier this season.