Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian-Finney Smith had his best game of the season for the Mavs on Monday against the Utah Jazz. Apparently, DFS knew that he was going to have a big night even before the game, and this had a lot to do with two-time Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert.

According to Finney-Smith, the fact that the Jazz put Gobert on him was all the motivation he needed (h/t Callie Caplan of Dallas Morning News):

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The Mavs escaped with an impressive 111-103 home victory over the league-best Utah Jazz, and Finney-Smith played a key role for Dallas in the win. He went 8-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-12 from distance for 23 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block, and zero turnovers in 34 minutes of play.

It was one of Finney-Smith's most memorable performances and he made sure to take a jab at Gobert after the win. DFS was messing around with his post-game statement, but it was certainly a great way to add insult to injury for Gobert and the Jazz.

It was a valiant effort for Dallas, who recently learned that star big man Kristaps Porzingis could be out for an extended period due to a wrist injury. Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavs, logging 31 points, nine rebounds, eight dimes, and six triples in the win.

Dallas gets the night off on Tuesday, but they return to action on Wednesday and Thursday in a back-to-back set against the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks.