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Dwight Powell ditches 3-pointers for now, reaps major benefits offensively

A funny thing happened to Dwight Powell on the six-game home stand that ended Saturday with a win over Philadelphia.

The Mavericks’ center has, like all Mavericks big and small, been drilled to embrace open looks at 3-point shots and take them with confidence.

No problem there. It’s the way of the NBA these days.

But for four consecutive games during the middle of the home stand, the 6-9 Powell took exactly zero 3-pointers.

All 24 shots he took from the field in games against Charlotte, Chicago, Denver and the LA Lakers were worth two points.