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Mavs’ Williams and Hardaway Jr. Lead the Way to 4-0 Start with Win Over Bulls

Dallas Mavericks, led by the impressive performances of Grant Williams and Tim Hardaway Jr., extended their winning streak to a flawless 4-0 record, marking one of their finest season starts in recent memory since the illustrious year of 2005.

In Mavericks’ history, only a few instances have rivaled this superb beginning: their undefeated 14-0 run in the 2002-2003 season, an impeccable 4-0 start in 2004-2005, another 4-0 streak in the 1995-96 season, and the current 4-0 accomplishment.

Despite a track record of struggling against the Chicago Bulls, having lost six of their last seven encounters, the Dallas Mavericks, led by the brilliant Luka Doncic, faced another grueling contest at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday night.

Even with several new faces on the Mavericks’ roster, the matchup with the Chicago Bulls was expected to be a formidable challenge, given Chicago’s recent success against Dallas.

For most of the game, the Bulls proved to be a formidable adversary, but the Mavericks ultimately prevailed with a score of 114-105, securing their fourth consecutive victory of the season.

With this triumph, the Mavericks now stand as the lone undefeated team in the Western Conference.

Before this clash, Luka Doncic’s stats against the Bulls included averages of 22.8 points, 8.8 assists, and 8.5 rebounds in eight career games, with shooting percentages of 41.4% from the field and 32.8% from beyond the arc.

On this particular night, he finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists, although his shooting performance was subpar, going 5-16 overall.

Fortunately, his teammates, especially Grant Williams and Tim Hardaway Jr., stepped up to compensate for his off night.

Grant Williams emerged as the top scorer for the Mavericks, netting 25 points, primarily with his remarkable 7-9 three-point shooting.

Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 24 points coming off the bench, making a strong case for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Rookie Dereck Lively also made significant contributions, earning his third consecutive start and registering seven points, 13 rebounds, and six assists, in addition to two steals and a block.

The Bulls, with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic leading the charge, put up a spirited fight, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively.

DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 16 points, but the Chicago “Big 3” couldn’t hold their ground defensively when it mattered most.

Notably, the Mavericks had to go without their star point guard, Kyrie Irving, for a second straight game due to a foot strain he sustained in a recent victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Despite an earlier convincing win against the Memphis Grizzlies, they faced a different challenge against the Bulls, with Luka Doncic feeling the pressure in the absence of his co-star.

The Mavericks’ next test will be their sternest of the season as they prepare to face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on the road.

The Nuggets are eager to rebound after a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and will provide a true measure of the Mavericks’ early-season success.

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