Tim Hardaway Jr. tied the Dallas Mavericks’ single-game record for made three-pointers in the team’s win over the Miami Heat.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. matched the franchise record with a career-high 10 3-pointers as part of a 36-point effort to help the Dallas Mavericks rally for a 127-113 victory over the host Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Hardaway matched his career high of nine 3-pointers by knocking one down to make it 112-89 with 7:39 left.

Hardaway made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points during a 20-5 surge that gave Dallas a 91-72 lead with 2:57 left.

Overall, Hardaway scored 18 points during a stanza that concluded with the Mavericks up 98-77.

All of the momentum was in the Heat’s favor in the opening period. Miami scored a game-high 39 points while converting a staggering 8-of-9 (88.9%) from deep. In fact, they even managed to jump out to a 14-3 lead at the 9:43 mark.

The Mavericks’ execution offensively was very strong in the first quarter but they just couldn’t get stops. Dallas put up 30 points while going 60% from the field and 42.9% from deep but still found themselves trailing 39-30.

The circumstances dramatically changed before halftime as the Mavericks became hot from deep while the Heat sorely struggled. Dallas went 7-of-16 (43.8%) on their perimeter attempts while Miami was limited to 1-of-11 (9.1%) on their looks.

Using their blistering hot perimeter shooting in the second period, the Mavericks’ 33 points while the Heat were contained to 15. Dallas managed to build a 63-54 lead at the half despite by double-figures in the early stages of the contest.

Tim Hardaway Jr. was the leading scorer for the Mavericks in the second period with 9 points, but he raised his game further after the half. He contributed over half of Dallas’s points during the third quarter with 18 during this stretch.

With Hardaway Jr. elevating his game to such a high level in the third quarter, the Mavericks managed to outscore the Heat by double-figures in consecutive quarters. Dallas gained a 98-77 lead entering the final period as a result.

“Hardaway’s had a terrific year,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s been the ultimate team guy.

“He’s had a terrific year and I know that playing in Miami is something that’s important to him. I know it’s special when you go back home”

The game was essentially too far out of reach for the Heat to mount a legitimate comeback effort in the final period. This served as an opportunity for Hardaway Jr. to convert on a couple more three-pointers – helping him to tie the Mavericks’ single-game record with 10 on the night.

“When you have been hot like that, had it going, you’re not really focused on any records or anything like that,” Hardaway said. “The game was just coming to me.”

Josh Green provided momentum-changing contributions off-the-bench in 24 minutes. He may have provided just 4 points but also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals all-the-while making key hustle plays that didn’t show up in the box score.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Is no longer a bad contract waiting to be traded

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After a run to the NCAA Men’s National Championship game in 2013, Hardaway was selected 24th overall by the Knicks in the NBA draft. By year two he found his footing and averaged 14.5 points per game, a career high. More importantly, he averaged 35% on 3-pointers, just as the NBA collectively decided to emphasize shots from behind the arc.

Hardaway became the beneficiary of great timing. After a great performance in the playoffs with the Hawks, his improved shooting coincided with the 2016 cap spike, which led to some outrageous contracts. Hardaway’s contract, four years for $70 million in a return to the Knicks, was considered one of them. He put up a career high 17 points per game his first season back in New York, but his 3-point shooting regressed to 31%.

“He’s a guy who’s at a point in his career where he’s become veteran enough to understand the things that are really important to winning, which is giving of yourself, sharing, being there for the guy next to you, working through frustration on the floor by communicating, and he’s a hell of a player,” Carlisle told Dwain Price at Mavs.com. “This is something, again, that has evolved over time and we’ve gotten to this place.”

Hardaway immediately caught fire, averaging 20 points per game and shot 61% on 3-pointers in his first five games as a starter. Carlisle kept him at starting shooting guard for the rest of the season, where he averaged 17 points per game, shot 42% from three, and even chipped in two assists per game. Hardaway was no longer a salary dump in a big trade. Now he was the starting shooting guard for an exciting playoff team.

Once the 2020-21 season got underway, expectations were high, for Hardaway and the Mavericks. And Hardaway picked up where he left off, averaging almost 17 points per game through the first 20 games of the year.  Carlisle experimented with Hardaway off the bench for a couple games during this stretch, including a game against the Rockets where he scored 30 points on 8-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.

“It’s coach’s decision,” Hardaway said at the time. “You’ve got to be a pro, and I said it since day one, I’m here to help this team out any way I can.” But for 17 of the first 20 games this season, Hardaway was a starter.

In February, in order to focus on defense and bolster the bench scoring, Hardaway was moved from the starting lineup. Again, Hardaway was willing to do whatever was needed for the team. “He couldn’t have been more open minded to coming off the bench,” Carlisle said after a game against the Hawks that snapped the Mavericks dreadful six-game losing streak. “He said, ‘Coach, whatever you need, whatever we need right now. We need to bust out of this thing.’ He goes, ‘Whatever you need, I’m there.’” Hardaway’s shooting was integral to the Mavericks defeating the Hawks that game, which has been the beginning of a strong run for Dallas.

The move to the bench has paid dividends for the Mavericks and Hardaway. The Mavericks have a scorer coming off the bench that could easily put up 30 points on any given night. Hardaway is now a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. Utah’s Jordan Clarkson will probably win the award, but Hardaway is in the conversation. Since moving to the bench, Hardaway is averaging almost 16 points per game and shooting 39% from deep.

It’s Hardaway’s steady demeanor and commitment to the team that’s won me over. He’s been in and out of the starting lineup. He’s had a 36 point night, and a game where he missed every shot he took, going 0-12 from the field. Through it all, Hardaway has remained focused on doing what he does best — shooting. There’s something about a player that knows exactly who he is that appeals to me, and Hardaway never forgets how he can affect the game.

What’s certain is Hardaway has won the Mavericks several games this season simply by getting scorching hot from behind the arc. There’s huge value to a player like that, even if they have deficiencies in other areas. Luka Doncic is one of the NBA’s best at creating open three point shots. On a Mavericks roster that lacks proven, elite shooters, Hardaway is crucial.

Hardaway’s contract is up at the end of this season,  he should return to the Mavericks for another few years, like a 5yr max to get them back to the NBA FINALS, and a CHAMPIONSHIP.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Hardaway with the New York Knicks in 2018
No. 11 – Dallas Mavericks
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born March 16, 1992 (age 29)
Alameda, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school
College Michigan (2010–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
20132015 New York Knicks
20152017 Atlanta Hawks
2015 Canton Charge
2015–2016 Austin Spurs
20172019 New York Knicks
2019–present Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
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Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. (born March 16, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines and declared for the NBA draft after his junior season for the national runner-up 2012–13 team. Hardaway was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. He has had two stints with the Knicks and has also played for the Atlanta Hawks. He is the son of former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway.

As a freshman during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, he earned four Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week awards, including three in the final four weeks during which he averaged over 20 points a game to help the 2010–11 team to climb up to fourth in the 2010–11 Big Ten Conference men’s basketball season standings. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and a unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman team selection following the season. He established the Michigan freshman record for single-season three-point shots made. He was a 2011 Collegeinsider.com Freshmen All-America selection and participated as a member of Team USA in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. As a sophomore for the 2011–12 team, he earned the 2011–12 All-Big Ten 3rd team recognition. He earned 2012–13 All-Big Ten (1st team: coaches and 2nd team: media) recognition.