NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Utah
(Wednesday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Utah 93, Dallas 82
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur scored 27 points, including two crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter, as the Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 93-82, at the Delta Center.
Deron Williams, the third overall pick in this year's draft out of Illinois, scored 18 points and added three assists and three boards in his NBA debut.
Andrei Kirilenko added seven points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz in their season opener.
Jason Terry scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Josh Howard chipped in 11 points and Keith Van Horn tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks.
Dallas won its season-opener Tuesday night, 111-108, in double-overtime at Phoenix.
The game was won and lost behind the arc, as Dallas was 3-of-14 while Utah hit on 7-of-10, including some big three-pointers down the stretch.
Utah outrebounded Dallas, 50-44, and hammered the Mavericks on second-chance points, 24-9.
With the score 82-81 Dallas late in the fourth quarter, Okur took over. He hit a three-pointer with 2:13 to play to put the Jazz up two, then another one less than a minute later to increase Utah's lead to 87-82 with 1:30 left.
The Jazz finished the game at the free-throw line, as the tired Mavericks were feeling the effects of their late-night victory over Phoenix the previous evening.
Howard played 50 minutes, Nowitzki 48 minutes and Terry and Van Horn both played 38 minutes in the victory, and it was evident as Utah won every loose ball and long rebound in the final quarter.
Eventually for Dallas, fatigue became frustration.
A Nowitzki flagrant foul was part of the Jazz flurry near the end, a 9-0 run, that put Utah up 90-82 with 51 seconds left.
While Okur's late-game heroics energized the Delta Center crowd, the game was won with the gritty play of Williams.
First, the rookie banked in a three-quarter court heave as time expired in the third quarter to cut the Dallas' lead to 67-65. He then proceeded to play the entire fourth quarter despite not starting, handling the point and locking up possession after possession with Terry. Terry was 0-for-3 in the fourth quarter, while Williams scored five points and dished out two assists down the stretch.
Dallas ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 27-19 lead. Terry had 14 of his 21 points in the opening frame, when Williams was not his primary defender.
The lead grew to as much as 11, 38-27, on a Howard layup with 6:18 left in the second quarter, but by halftime Utah had cut the lead to 50-44. Utah opened the third quarter on a 6-0 spurt to tie the game, 50-50, and the game was tight until the pivotal Jazz run late in the fourth quarter.
Dallas missed 20 of its last 23 shots from the floor...The victory was Utah head coach Jerry Sloan's 944th, which ties him for fifth all-time with Bill Fitch...Utah forward Carlos Boozer didn't play...The Jazz had 15 assists on 32 made field goals...Kirilenko also had a team-high five assists...The Jazz bench outscored Dallas' reserves, 38-29...Keith McLeod had 10 points for the Jazz.
11/03 01:51:44 ET