NBA Game Summary - Utah at Dallas
(Saturday, January 9th)
Final Score: Utah 111, Dallas 93
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Deron Williams came back from a two-game absence and scored 20 points with nine assists, leading the Utah Jazz in a dominating 111-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Carlos Boozer added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who had lost four of previous last five games. The win also broke a string of nine straight games in this series where the home team emerged victorious.
Mehmet Okur contributed with 14 points, while Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver had 12 points apiece. Wesley Matthews had 10 in the win.
"(Williams is) great, especially given he is banged up," Korver said. "It doesn't matter how he is -- he is going to come out and play hard, and tonight he did pretty well. He is our leader, our best player, it is good to have him back."
Dirk Nowitzki had a game-high 29 points to with eight rebounds for Dallas, which had won three of its previous four. Jason Kidd added 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Jason Terry had 16 points in defeat.
"We have to do a better job on the second half of back-to-backs," said Mavs guard Jose Barea said of the team's 5-6 record in the latter game of back-to- back contests. "I'm not sure what we have to do, but we have to figure it out and then forget about this one and have good practices on Monday and Tuesday and come out Wednesday and see what happens."
Utah ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 26-18 lead, and six straight points by the Jazz early in the second extended the advantage to 34-22.
The Mavs were able to get to within seven near the end of the half before a Williams three provided Utah with a 50-40 cushion at the break.
The Jazz surged to a 20-point lead behind an 13-3 run to begin the third quarter, as Williams drilled two more three-pointers during the stretch. CJ Miles' jumper made it 63-43 with nine minutes on the clock, and the Jazz carried a commanding 83-62 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Dallas never got closer than 13 in the final period.
Williams missed the last two games with a right wrist injury...Utah had lost 12 of its last 13 trips to Dallas...The Jazz shot 53.2 percent from the field and held Dallas to 41.3 percent shooting...Utah committed only five turnovers, compared to 13 for the Mavs.
01/09 23:29:21 ET