NBA Game Summary - Utah at Dallas|
(Sunday, March 24th)
Final Score: Dallas 113, Utah 108
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Mike James and Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 and 17
points, respectively, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, 113-108,
Seven Dallas players scored double-digits. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter
scored 15 points apiece. Darren Collison tallied 13 points off the bench
while O.J. Mayo and Elton Brand each had 10 points for the Mavericks, who have
won three of their last four games.
"Mike [James] played well. ... He has a great enthusiasm for the game," said
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "He competes. He's a competitor. We basically
got him off the street in January."
Enes Kanter scored 17 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have racked up a
four-game losing streak. Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson scored 15 points
apiece, with Millsap grabbing nine boards in the setback.
"We can't get the games back that we lost," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "We
need to learn lessons from it. But we have to find a way to get better."
Both teams are now two games behind the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in
the Western Conference.
At halftime, Dallas had a 53-52 lead.
Most of the third quarter was competitive, as the two teams changed leads 11
times and tied three times.
However, tied at 69, Carter sank both of his free throws to start a 14-2 surge
over the remainder of the period and the Mavs had am 83-71 advantage. James
scored seven points during the run and had 12 points in the quarter.
In the fourth, Utah slowly came back, as they scored 37 points on 56.5 percent
Down 111-103 with 9.9 seconds remaining in regulation, Alec Burks made a
One second later, James threw a bad pass, allowing Gordon Hayward to make
a layup. He was fouled by James and made the lone free throw to cut the
deficit to 111-108 with just 7.3 seconds left.
It would not be enough, though, as Collison drew a foul off DeMarre Carroll
and sank both of his free throws to seal the win.
Jefferson powered the Jazz in the first quarter, scoring 11 points, as Utah
led 27-24 entering the second.
Utah extended its lead by as much as seven points, 42-35, midway through the
period, but Dallas would come back. Nowitzki made the final score of the half,
a 12-footer with 46.9 seconds to go.
James' 19 points are a season-high. His previous high was 14 ... Collison was
11-of-13 from the foul line ... Utah outscored Dallas in the paint 52-36 ...
The Mavericks snapped a three-game losing streak against the Jazz. Their last
win came on March 3, 2012 in Dallas ... Utah wins the season-series for the
first time since 2009-10.
03/24 23:44:15 ET