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NBA Game Summary - Utah at Dallas

(Saturday, December 8th)

Final Score: Dallas 125, Utah 117

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Howard scored a career-high 47 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Utah Jazz, 125-117, despite a career- high 41 points from Deron Williams.

Howard shot a scorching 14-of-19 (74 percent), making 4-of-5 three-pointers and 15-of-17 free throws as the Mavs stemmed a two-game slide.

"I stayed aggressive for four quarters," said Howard. "I had a lot of confidence tonight and my teammates were finding me in the right spots."

Erick Dampier scored 21 points, and Jason Terry had 19 points for Dallas. Devin Harris had 10 points and a career-high 12 assists for the Mavs.

Howard's marksmanship ruined a career night for Williams, who sank 13-of-20 from the field, 3-of-4 three pointers, and 12-of-13 from the line to tally 41 points.

"We struggled defensively," said Williams. "When we scored we executed well, but we just couldn't get any stops and they didn't turn the ball over."

Carlos Boozer added 24 points for the Jazz, who dropped their third straight.

The Jazz trailed in the double figures for most of the third quarter, and by eight as the fourth quarter began. Utah whittled away at the lead, though, and pulled to within 105-102 on an Andrei Kirilenko reverse layup with 6:18 to play.

Dallas pushed it's lead back out to six points, as a Howard dunk put the Mavs ahead 112-106, but Boozer dropped in a turnaround hook and Williams sank two free throws, and the Dallas lead stood at only 112-110 with 3:41 remaining.

Every time the Jazz pulled closer, the Mavs answered, though. Dirk Nowitzki drained a jumper to start an 11-3 run, and a Terry dunk iced the game, giving the Mavs a 123-113 lead with 1:17 left.

Howard was hot from the start, sinking a three-pointer on the first shot by either team in the game, and scoring 12 points in the first quarter. Terry drilled a three-pointer to give the Mavs a 26-21 lead in the final minute.

Dallas took a 28-23 advantage into the second quarter.

The Jazz pulled to within two points of the Mavs on a Mehmet Okur jumper, which cut the deficit to 34-32 with 5:41 left, but Howard answered for Dallas, draining back-to-back threes to push the lead back to eight points.

The Mavs led 58-48 at the break.

Game Notes

Harris picked up his second career double-double...Howard's previous career high was 30 points, which he did three times. Howard set career highs in field goals made (14) and free throws made (15), as well as free throws attempted (17). His four three-pointers made tied a career high...Nowitzki finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

12/09 00:09:50 ET

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