SALT LAKE CITY — It may have been a junior varsity game of sorts with the star players from each team sitting out to rest their weary legs. That didn’t mean the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks didn’t entertain the EnergySolutions crowd Monday night in the final home game of the regular season, a 109-92 runaway win for the Jazz.
Six Jazz players scored in double figures, led by Rudy Gobert who produced his 25th double-double of the season with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Trevor Booker also had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored 15 points and Chris Johnson scored 13.
However, the star of the night was guard Bryce Cotton, a 6-foot-1 guard who was picked up from the D-League by the Jazz in late February.
The 6-foot-1 Cotton scored a career-high 21 points and led the team with four assists in 26 minutes of play, while providing the highlight of the night, if not the entire Jazz season, with a one-handed — left-handed no less — dunk off a lob from Rodney Hood that had the fans buzzing for minutes and teammates talking about afterward.
“It was crazy,’’ said Booker. “He shows it in practice sometimes. I think it got tipped too and he still caught it. It was pretty nasty.’’
“I was surprised — left hand too,” said Gobert. “I’ve never seen that.’’
Coach Quin Snyder said it was actually a called play that he had drawn up earlier in the day at the shootaround.
“It was something we asked him this morning,’’ he said. “I’m not sure if Rodney threw a good pass or a bad pass, but Bryce just jumped that high — it was fun to see.’’
Cotton was overwhelmed by a horde of media as he sat in the corner of the locker room and asked about his great game and highlight-reel dunk, that certainly made the SportsCenter Top 10 later in the night, if not No. 1.
The play had started with Cotton handing the ball off to Hood at the top of the key and rolling down the right side of the lane. Hood lofted a pass that the right-handed Cotton had to corral with his left hand and he threw it down, drawing an explosion of oohs and aahs from the crowd.
“Me and coach had talked about it earlier in the game because I used to catch lobs in the D-League,’’ Cotton said. “We ended up running that play tonight and it worked.’’
So was it a good pass from Hood?
“We executed the play, so I’m going to say it was a great pass,’’ said Cotton.
Hood called his pass a “leap of faith,’’ but ribbed his young teammate, saying, “I don’t think he could do it again.’’
Cotton had established a career-high 11 points Friday night against Memphis and tied it a night later at Portland before nearly doubling his high game with 21 Monday.
“I just go in and try to bring high energy,’’ he said. “I’m not the tallest guy on the court, so I have to use my speed to my advantage and keep up the pace and tempo of the game.’’
For the second straight game the Jazz played without Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke. The latter two have minor injuries and Favors was given the night off.
The Mavericks were missing regulars Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis, who sat out for rest purposes, and Chandler Parsons, who is out with a knee injury.
The Jazz led 29-26 after one quarter and throughout most of the second quarter before the Mavs came back to tie it at 57 in the final seconds of the half. Gobert had 17 and nine in the first quarter, while Cotton picked up 10 points.
Utah dominated the third quarter with a 30-12 edge as they took an 87-69 lead, then coasted in the fourth quarter playing four former D-Leaguers much of the time.
The Mavs were led by Charlie Villanueva and Amar’e Stoudemire with 15 points apiece, Rajon Rondo with 13 and J.J. Barea's 10 off the bench.
The Jazz, now 38-43, finish up the season Wednesday night in Houston against a Rockets team that is still fighting for a home-court advantage in the playoffs.
GAME NOTES: The Mavericks had won the previous three games against the Jazz this year including a 105-82 victory in Salt Lake on Nov. 7 . . . Grant Jerrett, who came over from Oklahoma City in the Enes Kanter trade, scored his first points with the Jazz with a basket in the second quarter . . . Former Jazz guard Devin Harris played just five minutes in the first half before leaving the game for good with an injured big toe . . . Another former Jazz player, Richard Jefferson, got his 17th start of the season for the Mavs but went scoreless in 17 minutes.