Game 13: Mavs vs. Jazz

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Postgame: Samuel Dalembert

Mavs C Samuel Dalembert comments on his performance in the win against the Jazz, how the team bounced back after they lost their lead in the fourth and more.

DALLAS — With a three-game winning streak under their belt and an unbeaten record at home entering Friday night’s matchup against the team with the NBA’s worst record, a confident Dallas Mavericks squad stepped onto the hardwood at American Airlines Center.

Looking to move to 7-0 at home for the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Mavericks took the court against the Utah Jazz while hoping to end their three-game homestand in style. The Mavs also attempted to notch a fourth straight win before traveling to Denver on the second night of a back-to-back.

But the Dallas team would be pushed more than it anticipated. And after sprinting out to a big lead, the Mavericks (9-4) would remain unbeaten on their home floor while holding the Jazz (1-13) off late en route to a 103-93 victory.

“It was disappointing, but wins are hard to get, so it’s a good win from that perspective,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of the victory. “Our execution was poor in the second half at both ends. It was pretty obvious. But hey, right now we’ve got to get on a plane and play another team. That’s where we are.”

Still riding high after their 123-120 win Wednesday night over Houston, the Mavericks quickly got off to a fast start as leading scorer Monta Ellis and 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki picked back up where they left off at while combining for 72 points against the Rockets.  The Mavs then used a 13-4 run to open the game before four-time All-Star Shawn Marion took over the scoring duties, playing through a strained right groin to boost the home team to a double-digit advantage.

The lead would then reach as much as 15 before the Mavs took a 31-18 edge into the second stanza.

As backup big man DeJuan Blair began to establish himself inside the margin on the scoreboard continued to balloon. The rest of the Dallas reserves then got into the act as rookie Shane Larkin’s steal on the defensive end led to second-year standout Jae Crowder’s 3-pointer to put the Mavs up 21, 41-20.

And after the Mavs went ahead by 28 the Jazz would look up to see the gap at 58-34 entering the halftime break.

Led by Ellis’ 13 first-half points on 4-of-8 shooting, the Mavs’ 59 percent from the field bettered the Jazz’s 38.9 percent heading into the intermission. The Mavericks also feasted off Utah’s 13 turnovers, converting the miscues into 18 points at the other end of the floor.

“Our first half was very good. And then the second half we gave in to playing the score, instead of continuing to work to do things the right way,” Carlisle confessed. “They made runs. You give them a lot of credit. They stuck with it and played hard and made plays.”

Postgame: Monta Ellis

Mavs G Monta Ellis weighs in on the team's win over the Jazz, how happy he is playing in Dallas and more.

With a heavy dose of starting center Samuel Dalembert to open the third quarter, the Mavs kept the Jazz at a safe distance coming out of the locker room. Ellis and Blair then jumped back into the scoring after the Jazz cut the separation on the scoreboard to 14. Still, the Mavericks slid into the fourth with just an 80-64 advantage.

“You know, we could have done a much better job in the third quarter. We kind of relaxed a little bit and we didn’t execute the way we were supposed to. That was disappointing,” Dalembert admitted.

Unable to quiet Utah’s momentum, Carlisle was forced to call for a timeout after Diante Garrett’s score over Larkin trimmed Dallas’ lead to 80-70 with 10:12 remaining.  Garrett then made it just a single-digit margin before Larkin got even with a score at the other end. But the Jazz kept coming, forcing Carlisle to burn another timeout after Derrick Favors’ score inside made it a five-point game, 90-85, with 4:41 still on the game clock.

“We got outside of our game and had a lot of turnovers,” Ellis said of the late-game collapse. “I think on the defensive end we played a little hesitant. They made shots, got out and ran, and they continued to play.”

Out of the timeout, Carlisle drew up a play for the two-man game of Ellis and Nowitzki, which led to a much-needed 3-pointer by point guard Jose Calderon. Dalembert’s score inside was then followed by Nowitzki’s and-one fadeaway to put the Mavericks back up 11, 98-87, with 3:01 left to play.

The Dallas defense would do the rest while Ellis added to his points total to close the Jazz out the rest of the way.

Scoring 26 points on 8-of-19 shooting, Ellis led five Mavs in double figures. Meanwhile, one game after moving into 15th place on the league’s all-time scoring list, Nowitzki pitched in 18 points of his own.

Collecting his first double-double as a Mav, Dalembert tallied up a season-high 18 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, Blair added 11 points off the bench and Marion recorded 10 points in the first unit.

Off the Utah bench, Marvin Williams led the Jazz with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. However, the Mavs finished the game slightly outshooting the Jazz, 50.7 percent to 50 percent, adding a 41-31 rebounding advantage. Both teams also scored 22 points off the other squad’s 17 turnovers.

“Look, it’s a win and we’ll take it,” Carlisle concluded. “You know, I don’t like the way we played in the second half, but we’ve got between now and tomorrow at 8 o’clock CT to straighten some things out.”

Note: On the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavs will now travel to Denver to begin a home-and-home series against the Nuggets on Saturday. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 8 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks will then host the Nuggets at American Airlines Center on Monday. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting

Defense into Offense

Samuel Dalembert blocks Derrick Favors on the dunk attempt and on the other end Jose Calderon finds Shawn Marion for the dunk.


All Stats

R. Jefferson, F 28 3-8 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 2 0 -17 7
D. Favors, F 33 5-8 0-0 3-6 3 5 8 0 3 0 3 3 -11 13
E. Kanter, C 20 1-6 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 1 0 0 2 3 -17 2
G. Hayward, G 34 5-12 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 5 3 2 5 4 -11 13
J. Lucas III, G 12 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 -19 2
M. Williams 31 7-13 3-6 2-3 1 4 5 3 2 1 0 4 8 19
T. Burke 19 2-8 0-4 1-1 1 4 5 3 0 0 2 1 -1 5
A. Burks 27 5-10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 4 3 11
J. Evans 16 7-7 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 2 1 2 5 14
D. Garrett 16 3-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 10 7
A. Biedrins 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Clark 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Gobert 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Rush 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   39-78 7-20 8-12 9 22 31 27 10 6 17 22   93
    50.0% 35.0%                      

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All Stats

S. Marion, F 32 4-7 1-3 1-2 0 3 3 4 2 1 0 0 12 10
D. Nowitzki, F 31 5-14 1-2 7-7 1 6 7 1 1 0 1 1 12 18
S. Dalembert, C 28 8-8 0-0 2-4 5 7 12 1 0 2 3 4 13 18
M. Ellis, G 38 8-19 1-2 9-10 1 2 3 6 1 0 3 2 11 26
J. Calderon, G 29 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 2 2 10 5
V. Carter 21 3-9 2-5 0-1 1 3 4 0 0 1 2 3 -11 8
D. Blair 19 5-9 0-0 1-2 5 4 9 1 1 0 3 3 -3 11
J. Crowder 16 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 3
S. Larkin 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 2
W. Ellington 5 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
D. Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. James 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Mekel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Wright 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   38-75 7-17 20-27 13 28 41 19 10 4 16 17   103
    50.7% 41.2%                      

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DALLAS — With a daunting task looming as the Dallas Mavericks conclude their fifth back-to-back in the month of November, coach Rick Carlisle took a unique approach to his team’s Friday morning walkthrough in preparation for the Utah Jazz.

Having his veteran players concentrate on preparing their bodies for the next two nights, Carlisle put the Mavs’ young contributors through the squad’s shootaround on their own. And after seeing the move work well for his team last week during a back-to-back in the state of Florida, Carlisle again gave his veterans time to themselves prior to welcoming in the NBA’s worst team.

“Well, they’re working. They’re just doing more weight lifting and body preparation-type stuff,” Carlisle said of his veterans’ morning workload. “We’re adjusting to our personnel situation and this is a trial run. We did this in Miami and Orlando and thought it gave us some benefits, so heading into a back-to-back we’re doing it again. We’re constantly evaluating it to see if it’s going to be effective.”

Winning three straight overall and looking to improve to 7-0 at home for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign when the team won its first 10 at American Airlines Center, the Mavs will try not to get caught looking ahead to Saturday night’s showdown against the Denver Nuggets. They’ll also try to contain an aggressive Gordon Hayward, who will try to shake off a 1-of-17 shooting night during the Jazz’s 105-98 loss in New Orleans on Wednesday.

“He’s always aggressive,” Carlisle said of Hayward, who made up for his poor shooting outing by dishing out 11 assists and grabbing six rebounds in the loss to the Pelicans. “And he’s their best player and their leading scorer, so he’s going to be aggressive and we have to be aggressive with him.”

Note: The Mavs conclude their three-game homestand Friday night against the Utah Jazz, beginning a back-to-back that wraps up in Denver. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting



DALLAS — After leaning on their two stars to stage an epic comeback Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks continued to display a home-court dominance while remaining unbeaten at American Airlines Center.

Overcoming an 18-point deficit in the third quarter before seizing a 123-120 victory over their in-state rival, the Mavericks (8-4) moved to 6-0 at home for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign thanks to a season-high 37 points from newcomer Monta Ellis and a season-high 35 points from 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs also learned that they now have two go-to scorers that can carry the team down the stretch of games, hoping to continue riding the coattails of Ellis and Nowitzki when they conclude their three-game homestand Friday night against the Utah Jazz.

“Look, they’re both stars in this league,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of his dynamic duo. “In big games and big moments your stars have got to be stars, and they were. You know, we had a good balance (Wednesday night) of them playing off of each other and them getting other people involved. And they’ve got to do a lot of work at both ends, ’cause teams are trying to attack them. It’s a lot of work, but we’ve done some good things and we’ve got to keep riding the wave here.”

“If me and Dirk are going like that, you know, the other teams have a problem,” a confident Ellis added after also dishing out eight assists. “And not just because we’re going like that, but because that means they’re going to pay so much attention to us that it opens it up for Vince [Carter], Jose [Calderon], Shawn [Marion] and guys like that. It was good that we had the game that we had, but it was a team effort. We had to grind, grind, grind and keep grinding to the last buzzer, and we came out with the win.”

Now, after moving into 15th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list ahead of Reggie Miller, Nowitzki and his new sidekick will try to finish off their homestand with a victory over the team with the league’s worst record, welcoming in the 1-12 Jazz to town before concluding a back-to-back Saturday night in Denver.

Despite seeing the debut of No. 9 overall draft pick Trey Burke on Wednesday during a 105-98 loss in New Orleans, the Jazz dropped a fourth straight game while falling to 0-7 this season on the road. The Mavs will try to continue that trend, attempting not to get caught looking ahead to Saturday night’s showdown while trying to seize their first four-game winning streak of the season.

“One of the things about this league is that one of the adversities you can face is success,” Carlisle confessed. “Our guys have been around long enough, I think, to understand that. I’ve got to remind them. … We’ve got to be ready from the first jump, otherwise we’ll be back on our heels again. We’ve had to deal with that two games in a row, and so we’ll have to be ready.”

Note: The Mavs conclude their three-game homestand Friday night against the Utah Jazz, beginning a back-to-back that wraps up in Denver. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting


Dallas looks to start 7-0 at home for the first time since 2003-04  (when they won their first 10 home games of the season).

The Mavericks are averaging a league-high 9.92 steals per game.

Vince Carter has 1,679 career 3-pointers and needs three treys to tie Lakers guard Steve Nash (1,682) for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point field goals list. The Lakers play tonight but Nash hasn’t played the last four games.

Mavs center Samuel Dalembert

On getting hit with an elbow at the end of the game

“It’s the same spot I’ve kind of had a couple of bruises the past few games. I’m feeling better now. I’ll do some treatment and get back for tomorrow.”

On tonight’s performance

“The key for us was probably from the get-go getting a good start. We know with the other teams we have we can’t let them get their confidence back up. We have to get them down from the very beginning. We did a good job in the second half. They came back in the third quarter when we were kind of slacking a little bit. They got the confidence back and made a run. The coach brought the starters back and we got the win.”

On chemistry with Monta Ellis

“I think he’s been very good the past several games. Now that I’ve gotten to play with him, I know his tendencies and I just get ready for the ball. I know that when he makes a trip to the basket, he’s going to be looking to pass the ball and I just try to make myself available.”

Mavs center/forward DeJuan Blair

 On tonight’s game

“It was pretty hard especially with the crowd out, cold night. Nobody really came in. We just had to find our own energy from us. It was just something that we had to find in ourselves. We just had to sustain this for 48 minutes. It hurt us a little bit, but a win’s a win. We’ve just got to worry about tomorrow.”

On the team’s up and down play

“It’s just a groove we’ve got to get; we’ll get there. It’s just something we’ve got to get to. It’s not really something that’s out of the ordinary, but once we keep playing and keep practicing hard, everything will get there. I’m really not concerned about it. It’s going to come when we all click in at the same time. It’s been an up-and-down kind of year for us so far, coming out with the starters and the bench. Once we all start clicking and everybody starts going their own speed, then everything will be good.”