NBA Game Summary - Utah at Dallas
(Tuesday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Dallas 96, Utah 85
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki put together a virtuoso performance in the fourth quarter, erupting for a team-record 29 points in the final stanza to single-handedly carry Dallas to a 96-85 come-from-behind win over the Utah Jazz.
Dallas trailed by 16 points in the fourth before mounting the miraculous comeback on the shoulders of the German sharp-shooter. Nowitzki finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five blocks for the victors. He made all 14 of his foul shots in the last quarter and missed just one of his eight field goal tries during the stanza.
"My mentality in the fourth was to go out there and make things happen," Nowitzki said. "I think what really helped was we got to the bonus real quick in the fourth by being aggressive and driving to the basket and we were shooting free throws the rest of the way and that helped us get back into the game."
Jason Kidd chipped in 19 points and six assists for the Mavericks, who have won three straight since a season-opening loss to Washington.
Deron Williams tallied 22 points and Mehmet Okur contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds to pace Utah, which has lost three of four to start the season.
The Jazz were on their way to just their third win in 16 games at American Airlines Center, holding a seemingly comfortable 76-60 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.
Shawn Marion hit a layup, and Nowitzki outscored Utah, 14-3, over the next two-plus minutes, the last coming on a three-pointer to cut Dallas' deficit to 79-76 with 4:41 showing.
Carlos Boozer hit a pair of buckets around a Jason Terry basket, but Nowitzki answered with an off-balanced runner while being fouled.
After hitting the free throw and grabbing a rebound off a Williams missed three, Nowitzki converted a give-and-go with Kidd to tie the game, 83-83. His stepback jumper on the next possession gave the hosts the lead near the two- minute mark.
"It just seemed like either he made his shot or he was shooting free throws," Boozer said of Nowitzki. "I thought we couldn't be physical with him, couldn't touch him too much without them calling a foul on us. Obviously he was aggressive, he's a great player."
With the ball flowing through him on every touch, Nowitzki hit two free throws, blocked a driving Andrei Kirilenko and found an open Kidd on the right wing for a three and a sudden 90-83 advantage with 50.8 seconds to play.
Williams was blocked by Erick Dampier -- his sixth swat of the game -- at the other end, and the Mavs hit their free throws down the stretch, much to the delight of the raucous home crowd.
Utah made just one field goal over the final 3:49.
After an anemic first quarter, the Jazz led, 20-17, and the second frame was much of the same. Williams' jumper gave the visitors a 37-35 lead, but neither team scored in the final three minutes of the half.
Williams drained a three-pointer to polish off an 11-2 run near the four- minute mark of the third. Dallas hit another cold stretch after back-to-back field goals, and Utah rattled off the quarter's final nine points, the last coming off Kyrylo Fesenko's slam for a 67-52 advantage.
Nowitzki's 29 points in the fourth was the most for a Mavericks player in any quarter, topping Mark Aguirre's 24-point effort on March, 24, 1984...Kirilenko and Boozer each netted 12 points for Utah...Marion and Terry each tallied 10 points for the Mavs, who won the battle on the glass, 50-37...Dampier pulled down 12 rebounds.
11/03 23:51:24 ET