After three nights off, the Utah Jazz once again looked tired and heavy-legged. The Dallas Mavericks outran, outshot and outhustled the listless Jazz, winning each of the four quarters en route to a comfortable 103-81 victory.
Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki led the impressive Dallas attack with 22 and 20 points, respectively. While the Mavericks did not dominate any particular quarter, they were steady and consistent throughout. Marvin Williams kept Utah close early on, pouring in 14 points in the first quarter and 21 in the first half.
The Jazz fell 16-33, 6-19 away from EnergySolutions Arena.
Bombs away: The Jazz set a franchise record for 3-point attempts in a game a few nights ago versus the Los Angeles Clippers. That mark did not last long, as the adage “records were set to be broken” was very apropos.
Against the Mavericks, the Jazz once again centered their overall game on the trifecta. The team ended up hoisting 35 3-pointers, connecting on 12 of them (34.3 percent). Dallas canned just two less than Utah, but in 17 less attempts. Seven different players shot at least a pair, with Trey Burke leading the cause with a 3 of 9 effort. Williams made 5 of 8 and Brandon Rush and Gordon Hayward shot six and seven, respectively.
Welcome returns: Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin saw two missing pieces to his rotation return Friday, as Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans both made it back after being unable to go for several outings. Unfortunately, their return ultimately did not affect the game’s outcome.
Both big men produced just modest results. In 26 minutes, Favors tallied six points and five rebounds. He also record three blocked shots and turned the ball over four times. Evans chipped in five points and for rebounds.
This and that:
- While it was a rough go offensively for Utah, they ended up assisting on 22 of their 31 made field goals — a 71 percent clip. With 24 assists compared to nine turnovers, Dallas had a 2.67 assist/turnover ratio as a team.
- Every Dallas player sported a positive +/- mark with seven at plus-10 or better. Conversely, each Jazz player was negative with five at minus-13 or worse.
- With Utah being so perimeter-centric, the Mavericks easily won the battle for points in the paint, 38-18.
- After playing the primary back-up point guard role the past three or four games, Diante Garrett found himself behind John Lucas III Friday.
- Alec Burks had a night he’d prefer to never relive. Not only did the slashing combo guard miss all seven shots from the field, but he ended up firing blanks on all four free throw attempts. He also had four turnovers.
David Smith provides instant analysis for Deseret News' Utah Jazz coverage. He works for LDS Philanthropies and also writes for Salt City Hoops (ESPN's Jazz affiliate). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at davidjsmith1232.
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