It was bothering him so they took him in and looked at him and decided to give him an MRI and all the things the medial group does to figure out what to do next. —Quin Snyder on Joe Johnson
SALT LAKE CITY — When a floater dropped for Rodney Hood at the beginning of the third quarter Monday night, the Utah Jazz guard knew he had it going on.
After drawing two fouls in the first half against Dallas, seeing the ball fall in the net was all the confidence he needed.
“That was probably the first indication that I was about to get going,” Hood said.
The former Duke star then got hot.
He ran off 15 of his season-high 25 points in the third quarter alone — hitting three 3s — and finally living up to the high expectations of being one of the Jazz’s leading scorers this season.
“I was just real aggressive and just trying to put pressure on the defense,” Hood said.
Hood’s key buckets helped Utah top the Dallas Mavericks, 104-89, to start 4-0 at home. He nailed 5 of 9 threes for the game as the Jazz shot 16 of 35 from beyond.
Utah has only made 16 or more 3-pointers in a game on three other occasions in franchise history.
“I just knocked it down with confidence,” Hood said. “My teammates were telling me to keep shooting and keep going, so if I continue to work on that we’ll get better.”
When asked about the home streak, Hood knocked on wood inside his locker for fear of jinxing the momentum.
He pushed through a left calf strain earlier this season but has bounced back at a rapid pace. In five games, Hood is averaging a team-high 17.2 points off 49.2 percent shooting.
Coach Quin Snyder called the Dallas win one of Hood’s “better performances.”
“Obviously Rodney (Hood), what he did tonight I think particularly after getting two fouls in the first half, just the mental toughness for him to stay and keep himself in the game,” Snyder said.
RUDY GOBERT STUFFS STAT SHEET: The Frenchman was all over the place against Dallas. He recorded the Jazz’s first 4x5 this season, with an array of dunks, blocks, dimes and boards. Gobert ended with 17 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and a career-high six assists. He walked off the court to loud cheers inside the Vivint Arena.
“We were just trying to make the right play,” Gobert said. “They were coming at me a lot. I tried to find my open teammates and they did a great job making the shots.”
HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Derrick Favors has been so busy that he nearly forgot about Halloween. It’s safe to say the Jazz forward won’t be dressing up Tuesday night. Favors ended with 10 points and four rebounds in Utah’s win against Dallas. The arena was rocking with Halloween music such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Michael Myers’ famous Halloween theme.
“Halloween? Nah. Not me,” Favors said, laughing. “I leave that for my kids. I’m past that now.”
JAZZ NOTES: Ricky Rubio tied his season-high in scored points (20), steals (4), 3-pointers made (4) and 3-pointers attempted (8). Utah outscored Dallas 32-15 in the third quarter after falling behind by 14 in the first half. The last two Jazz opponents (Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks) have been limited to 36 points in the second half.