Highlights: Mavs vs. Jazz
Check out all the top plays from Friday's action against the Utah Jazz.
DALLAS — Attempting to bounce back after having their three-game win streak ended Thursday in Miami, the Dallas Mavericks returned to their home floor and tried to get on track just 24 hours later.
“Obviously, we’re on a back-to-back, and at this stage I’m fighting my way back still from injury. But I battled and the whole team battled. It was just a play here and there,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said after a sluggish shooting night in the loss.
Falling to a 97-81 loss in Utah on Nov. 2 and a last-second 103-100 road defeat on Dec. 16, the Mavericks tried to get off to a fast start. Sharpshooter Seth Curry would do his part to ensure the Mavs did just that, swishing a three-pointer to get the home team on the board while continuing to join point guard Deron Williams in the starting backcourt.
The Jazz would quickly rally behind an aggressive Gordon Hayward, however, taking the lead in the process. Meanwhile, the Mavericks’ offensive attack sputtered to a 2-of-14 shooting start from the field. Still, after back-to-back threes by sixth man Devin Harris put the Mavericks on top, the home team took a 22-19 edge into the second stanza.
After Harris closed the first quarter with eight straight points, the Mavs continued to get a spark from their bench when veteran guard J.J. Barea connected with second-year pro Justin Anderson for an alley-oop to start the second. Utah responded by going inside, utilizing its size advantage to take the lead once again behind the play of big man Derrick Favors. Still, after Curry’s jumper on a broken play, the Mavericks trailed just 38-36 with 4:50 left in the half.
The Mavs charged within one from there after swingman Wesley Matthews’ step-back jumper, but Hayward immediately had an answer with a three-pointer at the other end. And behind Hayward’s 10 first-half points, the Jazz took a 46-41 lead into the halftime intermission.
Outshooting the Mavericks through two quarters, 50 percent to 36.6 percent, the Jazz held the halftime edge. The two teams also battled to a 22-22 rebounding stalemate while Utah held a 24-8 scoring advantage in the paint.
“Well, we were tied at halftime (in the rebounding), which was very encouraging. And in the second half, it’s kind of a battle of attribution. I mean, they physically wear you down with their style of play,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed.
After going 0 for 4 from the field while scoring just a point in the first half, Nowitzki tried to find a rhythm by swishing a jumper early in the third period. Williams also came out of the break aggressively, swishing a three before driving into the lane for a score the next time down the floor. But after Utah’s stellar ball movement ended in a corner three by Joe Ingles, Carlisle was forced to take a timeout as his team slid into a 57-48 hole with 8:14 left in the third.
The Mavericks would stage a rally, however, as Williams and leading scorer Harrison Barnes led the attack to pull within two, 59-57. Matthews then capped a 14-4 Dallas run with a three from the wing, putting the Mavs in front 62-61 with 4:05 in the quarter. But the game would soon heighten in physicality after Mavs backup big man Salah Mejri was assessed a flagrant-one foul for an excessive hack on Jazz center Rudy Gobert. And with the sequence sparking the Jazz to a mini spurt, the Mavericks faced a 72-68 deficit entering the fourth quarter.
With Nowitzki’s shooting woes continuing, the Mavs tried to lift their ageless superstar up with support around him to start the fourth quarter. Nowitzki then sat with 10:05 remaining after a 1-of-12 start to the game.
The Mavericks tried to rally with the 7-footer on the bench, pulling to within two at 76-74 after Barea’s lob to undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith. A double-pump driving slam by third-year big man Dwight Powell would follow as the Mavs tied the game a short time later. Barea’s floater in the lane then gave the Mavericks an 80-78 edge with 6:44 left to hang on.
The Mavs tried to create some distance at the foul line from there, moving into the bonus with 6:13 left to play. Meanwhile, Barnes upped his aggression to go score for score with Hayward and Gobert at the other end. But after George Hill’s 2-for-2 trip to the foul line, the Jazz held a 93-91 lead with 2:06 remaining.
Dallas would again have an answer with Barea’s jumper at the other end to tie the game. Williams then connected on two free throws after fouling out Hill with 1:17 on the clock. But after a three by Hayward put the Jazz back on top, Gobert’s score inside forced a Carlisle timeout with his team down three and just 36.2 ticks left to play in regulation.
The ball went to Williams, who drove the lane before delivering a feed to a wide-open Curry in the corner for three to tie the game once more with 25.1 seconds left. The Dallas defense then forced a miss by Hayward at the other end and Williams fumbled the ball out of bounds with .2 ticks left, sending the game into overtime even at 98-all.
Exchanging scores with veteran Boris Diaw to open the extra period, Barnes tried to put the Mavericks on his back with Nowitzki still on the bench. The Mavs also found themselves without Barea for the remainder of the game due to a left calf strain.
“After a shot, I went to step to the side, and I think I ran into the fans behind me and the fans sitting down,” Barea would later say. “I looked back, but nobody touched me. When I went to step, that’s when I knew something was wrong with my calf.”
But after Powell’s score inside, the Mavericks held a 102-101 lead with 3:04 left in OT. Williams followed suit after a score by Hayward, converting a three-point play to put the Mavs back ahead with 2:35 on the clock. The veteran floor general stayed aggressive the next time down, scoring on a bank-in to put the Mavericks up 107-104. Gobert then failed to hit on two free throws before rebounding his own miss, feeding Joe Johnson on the wing for a tying three-pointer.
“It was just a couple of momentum plays,” Harris said. “I think when we let them get the free-throw rebound and they hit the three, it was a big play. It just came down to them making more plays towards the end of the game.”
After the Mavs came up empty at the other end, Ingles’ two free throws put the Jazz up by a deuce with 1:35 on the clock. The Mavericks would again fail to get closer after Williams’ driving attempt rimmed out. But after Gobert split a pair of free throws to make the Dallas deficit three, the Mavs still had hope with 21.8 seconds left to answer.
Nowitzki’s three from the top of the key then found all iron, ending up in the hands of Gobert for his 25th rebound of the night. And after the 7-footer’s two free throws extended Utah’s lead to five, the Jazz secured the win with one more final defensive stop.
Scoring 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting, Barnes led the Mavericks in a losing effort. Williams added 16 points and eight assists in the first unit, and Curry pitched in 15 points. Meanwhile, Powell finished with 14 points off the bench, and Matthews ended the night with 11 points. Barea and Harris also ended the game with 10 points apiece in reserve roles, while Nowitzki finished a 1-of-13 night with just three points.
Gobert led five Utah scorers in double figures, finishing the game with a career-high 27 points and 25 rebounds inside on 8-of-11 shooting. The Jazz also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 46.3 percent to 44.8 percent, adding a 53-42 rebounding advantage.
“[Gobert] is definitely a force in there,” Harris confessed. “He’s got a long wingspan, and he had a couple of rebounds where we had smaller guys in there. He’s just so, so long in there, and it’s hard to contain him, especially in the rebounding department. And he made his free throws tonight, and that’s something he’s improved on. He’s definitely improved as a player.”
Note: The Mavericks will now continue their three-game homestand Sunday at American Airlines Center, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.
Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) — out
J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out
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Curry’s Game-Tying Triple
Deron Williams kicks it out to Seth Curry who drains the triple to tie the game at 98.
J.J. Barea throws the lob to Justin Anderson for the alley-oop jam.
Devin Harris pulls up for the three point jump shot and knocks it down.
Curry Hesitation and Finish, And-One
Seth Curry hesitates, drives and finishes with the nice layup plus one.
Powell Monster Flush
Dwight Powell drives to the hoop and throws down the wonderful two-hand pump dunk.
Barnes Dunk on the Break
On the break, Deron Williams dumps it back to Harrison Barnes who finishes with the two-handed slam.
DALLAS — Returning home after seeing their three-game win streak come to an abrupt end Thursday night, the Dallas Mavericks won’t have time to wallow in their own self-pity just 24 hours later.
Looking to bounce back after a 99-95 defeat Thursday in Miami, the Mavericks (14-28) will quickly attempt to turn their attention to a Utah Jazz team that they’ve already lost to twice this season. The Mavs will also try to correct the late-game miscues that cost them Thursday’s game after being outscored by the Heat 29-22 in the fourth quarter. And despite leading the Mavericks with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting during that loss, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki knows he may have to do even more to help his team begin a three-game homestand with a win.
“We should have found a way to win,” Nowitzki admitted after Thursday’s loss. “It is a game we needed to have, obviously, going home and playing against a tough Utah team (on Friday). We would have loved to get this game, but [the Heat] played well. You’ve got to give them credit. They played hard, and they made a few more plays down the stretch.”
Nowitzki and the Mavericks will now find themselves in a daunting position Friday night at home, attempting to resume their recent surge up the Western Conference standings. The Mavs will also try to do something they’ve failed at twice already this season after dropping the first two meetings against the Jazz (27-16) on the road. And with a chance to make up ground in the standings during the current homestand, the Mavericks hope to treat their fans to a show in the third matchup between the two teams.
The Mavs suffered a 97-81 loss in Utah on Nov. 2 as Nowitzki finished with just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting. The Utah team then snook off its home floor with a 103-100 victory on Dec. 16 after swingman Rodney Hood’s game-winning three-pointer with .8 ticks left. Utah has won four games in a row after Monday’s 106-101 victory in Phoenix. But after coming up short both times on the road, swingman Wesley Matthews says the Mavericks are eager to return the favor as the scene shifts to American Airlines Center.
“I’m not worried about what Utah does. We’re going to play hard and play together like we did in the first half (in Miami),” Matthews proclaimed. “We’re going to play together like we did the last three games. And we should have beat Utah a couple of times, so we’ll be ready.”
Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Friday, hosting the Utah Jazz. Utah leads the season series 2-0. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.
Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) — out