Utah Jazz fall in Big D while big names sit
Utah can't capitalize on Dallas injuries, fall apart in 4th quarter
DALLAS — On Jimmer Eve, the Utah Jazz got Roddyed.
Not only that, but they also got Terryed, Marioned and Haywooded.
Oh yeah, and demolished.
Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki and starting guard Delonte West both missed Friday's game because of injuries, and Jason Kidd headed to the training room two minutes into the contest with a strained calf.
You wouldn't have guessed that by looking at the massive American Airlines Center scoreboard.
The combination of the aforementioned contributors and a rough night by the Jazz's not-so-big D resulted in a 116-101 Dallas victory over a reeling Utah squad.
"Tough one, man," Jazz guard Raja Bell said. "They had us spread out. They had us chasing the ball all night, pick-and-roll. It just felt like we couldn't catch up and get in front of our man. They moved the ball well. They found open people and knocked down shots. It was tough."
The loss was the second straight and third in four games for the Jazz, whose record has slipped to 10-7.
In beating the Jazz for a sixth consecutive time, the Mavericks shot a sizzling 54.9 percent overall and knocked down 11 of 19 3-point shots. They also outrebounded Utah 44-33.
That, despite the fact the defending NBA champions (12-8) essentially played without three starters, while the Jazz welcomed back leading scorer Al Jefferson (ankle) after his one-game absence due to ankle tendinitis.
"They have weapons," Jazz swingman C.J. Miles said.
An evening in which military members were honored by the Maverick organization also turned out to be Season-High Night.
The speedy Rodrigue Beaubois, a third-year guard from Guadeloupe, had another solid showing against the Jazz. The 6-2 guard, replacing West in the first five, hurt the Jazz in Dallas' win in Salt Lake City last week, but he absolutely killed Utah in this one with his inside drives, his dishes and his outside touch while racking up a season-best 22 points along with seven assists, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
"He's a change-of-pace guy," Bell said. "He really amps up their offense. He's fast. He poses a big problem in pick-and-roll."
Dallas also got season-high scoring nights from L.A. transplant Lamar Odom (19 points, three treys) and the beefy Brendan Haywood (12 points and 12 rebounds).
The 116 total points were by far the most Dallas had scored all season to boot.
"It show how deep they are," Jefferson said. "I knew it wasn't going to be any walk in the park regardless."
"Defense wasn't there," Jazz forward Paul Millsap added. "Our rotations wasn't there. I mean they scored (116) points. We can't expect to win on the road letting people score that many points."
Millsap led the Jazz offense with 20 points and Jefferson added 19, but Utah's offense became nonexistent at an inopportune time.
Millsap caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 13 points, and Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter each added six points in the period while the Jazz trimmed a 14-point deficit down to a mere two points.
Utah had a chance to tie it, but a Hayward inside attempt went awry. Before the Jazz knew what hit them, Terry hit a 3-pointer and Beaubois made an old-fashioned three-point play to give Dallas the momentum back.
From there, the Mavericks dominated and built their lead to as many as 21 points thanks to a flurry of long bombs.
"It happened so fast," Millsap said.
Corbin wonders what might've happened had that game-tying attempt gone down late in the third, but he wasn't overly disappointed with his team's effort.
"I thought we played hard," he said. "You've got to give them credit. They made the shots when they needed to and we didn't."
The outing spoiled a career-best 12-point effort from Kanter, who also had seven rebounds in a solid outing.
"I'm sad because we lost the game," the Turkish rookie said. "I just go out there and try to do my job, try to help my teammates and just try to do what the coach tells me to do."
The outcome put the Jazz in a predicament that places even more importance on Saturday night's Jimmermania game — and not because of the BYU star.
Utah needs to get some more wins on their record before the schedule becomes brutal in road-heavy February and March.
"It's just a big game," Bell said. "We need to be ready to go. We need to take care of our business at home."
The Jazz are expecting a raucous crowd that will be pumped up and divided between the home team and the visiting local hero who's making his NBA debut in Utah.
"I expect it will be pretty crazy," Bell said. "That's basically his hometown."
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