Game 55: Mavs vs. Jazz

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Assist of the Night: Zaza Pachulia

Zaza Pachulia ends up the with official assist but the entire Mavericks team gets in on the action before Deron Williams finishes with the layup.

DALLAS — After collecting a much-needed bounce-back win Saturday night in Memphis, the Dallas Mavericks looked to head into the All-Star break with plenty of momentum by continuing their recent dominance at home against the Utah Jazz.

Outlasting the Southwest Division rival Grizzlies for a 114-110 overtime win on Saturday, the Mavericks tried to continue surging in the right direction on their home floor. The Mavs then welcomed the surging Jazz to town Tuesday night, looking to continue a 10-game home winning streak in the head-to-head series.

The two teams would then exchange haymakers for the better part of 53 minutes before Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward’s game-winning jumper sent the Mavericks (29-26) into the All-Star break on a sour note following a 121-119 overtime loss.

“It’s a game we needed to have,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said after the loss. “Instead of five over .500, you go into the break with three over. It’s a tough way to lose, but we had our chances and had enough chances to win it in regular time.”

Hoping to replicate a 102-93 home win over the Jazz (26-25) on Nov. 20, the Mavericks tried to get off to another fast start after leading by as many as 20 in the previous matchup. Meanwhile, the Jazz sought retribution for that November loss, hoping to keep surging up the standings with a seventh straight win.

Mavs point guard Deron Williams then lifted his current team over his former squad, swishing a pair of three-pointers to create an early separation on the scoreboard in the opening quarter. The three-point barrage continued from there as sharpshooter Wesley Matthews and small forward Chandler Parsons followed suit. And after connecting on 6 of 12 from behind the arc as a team in the first period, the Mavericks led by as many as 11 before taking a 29-21 advantage into the second stanza.

Igniting the crowd with an alley-oop connection from backup point guard J.J. Barea to big man Dwight Powell, the Mavericks continued to keep the Jazz at a safe distance as the second quarter got underway. Veteran reserve Raymond Felton took matters from there before rookie Justin Anderson’s corner three put the Mavs up by 15, 47-32.

The Jazz fired back, however, cutting its deficit to single digits behind swingman Rodney Hood’s aggressive play. And with Hood tallying 11 points in the half, the Jazz trimmed the Mavs’ lead to just 58-51 entering the intermission.

Led by Parsons’ 14 first-half points on 4-of-7 shooting, the Mavericks’ 52.9 percent from the field as a team bettered the Jazz’s 47.4 percent through two quarters. The Mavs also overcame a 19-15 rebounding disadvantage, swishing 9 of 20 from three-point range and converting Utah’s seven turnovers into 11 points at the other end of the floor.

With Williams back on the attack and Nowitzki coming alive, the Mavericks again pushed their lead to double digits as the second half began. Parsons also continued to lead the offensive charge as the Mavs kept their foot on the gas in the third period.

The Jazz refused to go away quietly, though, turning to center Rudy Gobert inside. And after Hood’s jumper to beat the buzzer, the Mavs took an 87-78 edge into the fourth.

Taking a 90-80 lead on Powell’s three-point play, the Mavericks tried to make quick work of the Jazz in the fourth quarter. Jazz big man Derrick Favors came right back with a three-point play of his own, however, keeping the visitors in the game. The Utah run continued from there, cutting the Jazz’s deficit just two on Chris Johnson’s pair of free throws with 7:29 on the clock. And after Hayward’s floater with 6:29 remaining, the Mavs found themselves locked in a 94-all tie.

The Mavericks’ attack then hit a wall as Parsons was forced to sit with 5:51 left to play after committing an offensive foul for his fifth personal of the night. Meanwhile, the Jazz seized the upper hand with Gobert’s two-handed slam inside. Williams put the Dallas team on his back from there, keeping the Mavs even on the scoreboard in the process. Still, after Jazz guard Raul Neto split a pair of free throws, the Mavericks trailed by one entering the game’s stretch run.

Nowitzki then connected on a bank-in with 2:05 left after Hood extended the Jazz’s lead to three. A defensive stop followed, setting the stage for Felton’s clutch jumper to give the Mavs a 102-101 edge with 1:28 remaining. But Favors would have another response, swishing a jumper over Mavs center Zaza Pachulia to give the edge back to Utah with 1:20 left in regulation.

Not to be outdone, Williams rattled in a midrange jumper of his own with 1:06 still on the clock as the Mavs regained the upper hand. The Dallas defense then stiffened, stringing together a pair of stops before Williams extended the lead to three with 20.0 ticks remaining. Williams and Felton then answered a pair of layups by Hayward with more clutch free throws in the final seconds. But the Jazz had one more response, inbounding the ball with 7.1 seconds left and tying the score at 110-all on Hood’s corner three with 1.5 ticks for the Mavericks to answer. And after Williams misfired on a desperation attempt over Gobert, the game slid into an extra period.

Answering a jumper by Hood to open the overtime, Matthews got the roll on a three to give the Mavs a one-point edge. The Jazz came right back, turning to Hayward and Hood as they opened up a 117-115 lead with 2:45 left in the extra period. Parsons intervened from there, playing through his foul trouble and swishing a three to tie the game at 119-all with 1:47 left on the clock.

Parsons also provided the defense, chasing down Hood in transition for a rejection that led to a jump ball with 39.1 seconds left. And after Nowitzki collected the tip, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called for a timeout to draw up a play with 36.6 seconds still remaining.

The ball would go to Nowitzki, who drove before feeding Parsons on the sideline. However, after Parsons found all iron on a three attempt, the ball went back to the Jazz. Matthews then used the Mavs’ last foul to give, leading to a reset with 4.2 seconds available. The ball then went in to Hayward, who connected on a jumper over Pachulia as time expired to send the Jazz off the Mavericks’ home floor with an overtime win.

“He made a good play,” Pachulia said of the final sequence. “It was a stepback. I can’t say he was hot from the outside. You know, he was 8 for 20 and played for so many minutes, going 0 for 6 from three. He made a (heck) of a play. It wasn’t like he shot a wide-open shot. I challenged the shot, but not good enough.”

Scoring 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting, Parsons led the Mavs in a losing effort. Williams pitched in 23 points in the first unit, while Nowitzki tallied 17 points and nine rebounds. Felton added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists off the bench. Meanwhile, Matthews scored 16 points in the starting lineup.

Hood led five Utah scorers in double figures with 29 points on 12 of 26 from the field. The Jazz also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 52.2 percent to 48 percent, adding a 44-36 rebounding edge as both teams committed 11 turnovers.

“I mean, there’s pretty much not a worst way to go into the break,” Parsons admitted after the loss. “It’s a devastating loss against a hot team that’s right on our tails. Everyone is down right now, as they should be. But that’s a good young team. And they’re missing a couple of key guys, too, so their future is bright. But this is a game that we’ve got to have, and two buzzer-beaters is tough to swallow.”

“They rose up and hit a very difficult shot,” Carlisle concluded. “We had a couple of opportunities to step into really good shots, and they just didn’t go down. It’s a make-or-miss league, but I’m extremely proud of the way we competed. That’s a team that’s on the rise and a team that’s the future of our league, and they made a strong statement tonight. We need this break, and we need to get away. I told the guys to enjoy the break, get away from this game and not to think about it. We’ve played, I think, more games than anybody in the whole league, and that’s why we have such a long break. We’ve got to come back refreshed and ready to jump back on another run. It’s tough losing close games and overtime games, stuff like that, but we’ve got to live with it and move on.”

Note: Coming out of the All-Star break, the Mavericks will resume play on the road against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 19. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

The Mavericks will return to their home floor on Feb. 21, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 92-86 road win on Nov. 16. That game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Devin Harris (left great toe sprain) — out


All Stats

G. Hayward, F 45 8-20 0-6 4-5 0 5 5 4 1 0 1 4 4 20
D. Favors, F 35 7-14 0-0 2-4 3 5 8 6 1 0 2 3 2 16
R. Gobert, C 37 5-6 0-0 4-6 3 7 10 3 0 1 2 3 -17 14
R. Hood, G 43 12-26 2-8 3-4 0 5 5 5 0 0 0 1 -8 29
R. Neto, G 18 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 6 6 8
J. Ingles 18 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 -1 6
C. Johnson 21 1-2 1-2 2-2 3 4 7 1 0 1 0 1 2 5
T. Booker 19 4-4 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 0 0 0 1 3 3 8
T. Lyles 14 4-7 0-2 3-4 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 14 11
E. Green 12 2-5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4
T. Burke 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Withey 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Burks 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Exum 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Pleiss 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   48-92 6-26 19-27 13 31 44 23 3 2 10 25   121
    52.2% 23.1%                      

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All Stats

C. Parsons, F 35 8-16 3-8 5-7 0 1 1 0 1 1 3 5 -3 24
D. Nowitzki, F 39 6-14 1-6 4-4 0 9 9 0 1 0 1 4 15 17
Z. Pachulia, C 41 1-4 0-0 5-6 4 7 11 5 0 0 2 1 3 7
W. Matthews, G 42 5-9 2-5 4-4 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 4 -3 16
D. Williams, G 41 5-12 2-3 11-13 0 2 2 5 1 0 3 3 3 23
R. Felton 28 5-9 1-2 6-6 1 6 7 5 1 0 0 2 -3 17
D. Powell 11 3-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 -4 7
J. Anderson 10 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 -4 3
J. Barea 14 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 1 -9 5
J. Jenkins 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McGee 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Mejri 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Villanueva 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Evans 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   36-75 11-29 36-41 6 30 36 24 5 1 11 21   119
    48.0% 37.9%                      

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Wesley Matthews Layup

Wesley Matthews drives inside and gets the tough layup to go.

Deron Williams Lay-up

Zaza Pachulia finds Deron Williams inside for two.

Dwight Powell One-Handed Alley-Oop

J.J. Barea connects with Dwight Powell for the dunk.

Gola Mae Fleming turns 102!

MFFL Gola Mae Fleming spent her 102nd birthday at last night's Mavs game!

One-on-one with Dwight Powell

Mavs F Dwight Powell goes one-on-one with Earl K. Sneed prior to Tuesday's tilt against the Jazz.

Shootaround: Deron Williams

Mavs PG Deron Williams dishes on tonight's game against Utah, playing for Rick Carlisle and more.

Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on tonight's game against the Jazz.

Practice Report: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki dishes on his plans for the All-Star break, Chandler Parsons' hot streak and much more.

DALLAS — Although it was their ninth win in the last 10 matchups against the Utah Jazz in the head-to-head series, the Dallas Mavericks know they can’t draw much from a 102-93 victory at home back on Nov. 20.

Leading by as many as 20 in that November matchup, the Mavericks (29-25) then saw the Jazz (25-25) claw back and make it a close game down the stretch. The Mavs finished that game outshooting the Jazz, 47 percent to 43.8 percent. Dallas also made up for a 48-34 rebounding disadvantage, converting Utah’s 17 turnovers into 14 points. However, with the Jazz now riding a six-game winning streak, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team will need to be better Tuesday night in order to move to 2-0 in the season series.

“It was a long time ago,” Carlisle said while recalling that first meeting between the two teams following the Mavs’ Tuesday morning shootaround. “You know, it was so early in the year, and they’re playing a lot better now. You know, I think we’re playing better in certain areas. I think we did some things that are pretty basic things. We took care of the ball, we made shots and we rebounded decently, and then they crawled back into it by playing hard and getting their wing players involved. They have a big impact on the game with their shot blocking and their rebounding and their ability to get second-chance points, so we’ve got to do a job in all those areas. And it’s hard, because they play a slower pace. They play long possessions and they generally get a good shot, and then they have two monsters going after it every time. So, when the ball is in the air and there’s rebounding opportunities, that’s when the game is probably going to be won or lost.”

Bouncing back from a 116-90 loss to San Antonio the last time they were on their home floor Friday night, the Mavericks then concluded a difficult back-to-back with a 114-110 overtime win in Memphis. The Mavs will now attempt to head into the All-Star break on a high note, hoping to halt the Jazz’s win streak in its tracks Tuesday night.

And with the Jazz seeking retribution in what figures to be another dogfight at American Airlines Center, the Mavericks will try to remain focused on the task at hand before entering the lengthy layoff in the schedule.

“It’s very tough,” point guard Deron Williams explained. “You know, I think the trend, especially when you’re a veteran team before the All-Star break, is it’s kind of relaxed. You’re thinking about the All-Star break. This is a very important game for us. You know, we just had a really good win in Memphis, and we don’t want to give one back by dropping one back at home. So, you know, we’ve got to end this first half of the season right, and then go into the break, get refreshed and come back ready to play.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor Tuesday night, hosting the Utah Jazz in the last game before the All-Star break. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 102-93 home win on Nov. 20. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.


Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Devin Harris (left great toe sprain) — out

DALLAS — Responding to one of their most disappointing displays of the season with a bounce-back win the following night, the Dallas Mavericks now hope to head into the All-Star break on a high note.

Trailing by as many as 39 before suffering a 116-90 defeat Friday night at home against the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks (29-25) had little time to make the proper adjustments while traveling to Memphis. The Mavs then found themselves in a dogfight during Saturday’s showdown, pushing the division rival Grizzlies to overtime before surviving the extra period with a much-needed 114-110 win. The Mavericks will now try to build on Saturday’s victory, concluding play before the All-Star break at home Tuesday night in a second meeting of the season against the streaking Utah Jazz.

“We just talked about competing,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said after Saturday’s win. “Sometimes, when our offense isn’t going, we’re letting down on the defensive end. And we’re just not good enough. We’re not good enough if we don’t defend, so we’ve got to just play for each other at the defensive end. Fight, scrape and have five guys in the paint to rebound, and don’t worry about offense that much. And I thought that’s what we did.”

The Mavs certainly held their own on the defensive end the first time they faced off against the Jazz (25-25), building a 20-point lead before holding on late to capture a 102-93 home win on Nov. 20. However, the Jazz now come to town on a six-game winning streak, seeking retribution for that November loss.

The Dallas defense converted 17 Utah turnovers into 14 points in that first meeting. The Mavericks also outshot the Jazz, 47 percent to 43.8 percent, to overcome Utah’s 48-34 rebounding advantage while continuing their dominance in the head-to-head series. All told, the Mavs have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Jazz, attempting to continue that trend Tuesday night against one of the hottest teams in the league. But according to coach Rick Carlisle, it certainly won’t be an easy task for his team before the Mavs look to revitalize themselves during the layoff in the schedule.

“Well, they’re very hot. They’ve won six in a row, and they’ve got terrific wing players,” Carlisle confessed while assessing the Jazz’s roster. “Both [Gordon] Hayward and [Rodney] Hood are averaging 19 a game over the last five. The two big guys, [Rudy] Gobert and [Derrick] Favors, are averaging 14. They’re a team that plays hard, and they have a (tail-kicking) mentality. They’re very physical and they can rebound the ball, and so the challenge is they’re the slowest-pace team in the league. We’ve got to play with pace, on the one hand. And on the other hand, we’ve got to play smart. And we’ve got to rebound the ball.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor Tuesday night, hosting the Utah Jazz in the last game before the All-Star break. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 102-93 home win on Nov. 20. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.


Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Devin Harris (left great toe sprain) — out