This is how you relate to Dallas Mavericks fans.
Australian NBA rookie Josh Green raised his eyebrows Thursday with a one-leg fadeaway that closely resembled the signature photo of franchise legend Dirk Nowitzki.
It was Green’s culmination in an impressive performance as a starting forward in a 124-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The 20-year-old from Sydney – chosen 18 in this year’s draft – played 23 minutes and contributed eight points, six rebounds and three assists while also playing strong defense.
Kristaps Porzingis posted a total of 27 points and 12 rebounds in the lead of the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as Dallas broke their first three-game losing streak in nearly two years.
The Mavericks were in control most of the night after using an early 15-3 run to take a 37-22 lead late in the first quarter.
Doncic appeared to injure his left knee three times during the match.
He limped briefly each time but still managed to finish the match.
Dallas has played without Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and Josh Richardson because of COVID-19 protocols.
Beal gives up 60 on Simmons’ 76ers
In Philadelphia, Ben Simmons had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers in a 117-109 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Joel Embiid had 42 points and 10 rebounds, and Tobias Harris had 22 for Philadelphia.
Simmons was expected to become that true cornerstone star to team up with Embiid, but this season there has been more frustration than flashes of brilliance.
76ers coach Doc Rivers has insisted he isn’t worried about Simmons’ stats, but the Sixers need more than he gives them.
Simmons was whistled for two offensive fouls in 30 seconds later in the third quarter and the Celtics finished the quarter with a 92-86 lead before Embiid took over.
“It’s not sort of, it’s ‘for sure’ the MVP caliber,” Harris said of his teammate.
Embiid got off to the best start of his career and passed 40 points for the second time in three games.
He shot 12 of 19 from the floor (a 3 point one) and was 17 of 21 from the free throw line.
He did it in 34 minutes and scored 20 points in the half (22 in the first) for the fifth time this season.
“If they overtake, we have way too many shooters for me to kick them out,” Embiid said. “I can attack in a different style. It works well.”
Meanwhile, Aron Baynes scored three points and had seven rebounds and three assists in the Toronto Raptors’ 111-102 loss to the Miami Heat.
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