What a difference a day makes!
Just one night after playing two minutes of stat-free basketball in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Kyle Collinsworth had by far his most productive showing in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.
In a 105-100 road loss to the Orlando Magic, the former BYU guard just missed out on a double-double and flashed signs of his triple-double ability, finishing with a career-best 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the floor and 3-for-4 from the foul line. Collinsworth added a team-high nine rebounds (three on the offensive end), six assists and a steal in a 34:56 of action.
Collinsworth got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter as he helped the Mavericks get back into the game. He got his first basket in the paint as he put the ball on the floor and got to the rim for the short runner as the Mavericks cut the deficit to nine.
After handing out assists on baskets by Maximilian Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith as well as converting on 1 of 2 free throws, Collinsworth starting doing work on the defensive glass as he collected a pair of rebounds before heading back to the bench for a short break.
He added four points in the third quarter on a short jumper and a layup after following up his own miss. He was huge on the glass in the quarter as well with six of his nine boards.
Collinsworth continued his strong play in the fourth quarter where he recorded six points and two assists. He started things out with a pair of free throws before handing out an assist on a Kleber three. Collinsworth then delivered his sixth assist of the night as he set up Aaron Harrison for a layup to cut the Magic lead to 94-91.
He then looked for his own shot in the final minute as the Mavericks tried to keep pace. First he knocked down a short jumper to bring Dallas within three. Following a pair of free throws from Khem Birch, Collinsworth converted on a driving layup to make it a one possession game again.
Collinsworth added one more offensive rebound to give the Mavericks one more shot, but Mario Hezonja came up with a big block on a Jalen Jones 3-point attempt to secure the win.
The DownToBuck YouTube channel shared complete highlights of the strong performance.
While he delivered an impressive stat line in the loss plenty of what makes Collinsworth special doesn’t show up in the stats at all as pointed out by Bobby Karalla.
On the season, Collinsworth is averaging 2.9 points on 38.3 percent shooting from the floor. He also contributes 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.1 minutes.