Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, January 28th
Game 3: Saturday, March 11th
Game 4: Sunday, April 16th

Mavericks 82

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Jazz 93

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, November 2, 2005

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 25 23 19 1582
    UTAH 19 25 21 2893

    Top Performers

    Dal: J. Terry 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    UTAH: M. Okur 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Williams scores 18 in NBA debut

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Although he didn't start in his NBA debut, Deron Williams had a nearly perfect finish.

    Utah's rookie point guard had 18 points and three assists, and played the entire fourth quarter while the Jazz rallied to beat the travel-weary Dallas Mavericks 93-82 Wednesday night.

    "I just feel comfortable being in those type of situations," said Williams, the third overall selection in the 2005 draft. "I've been in them a lot in college and I don't see why it should be different now."

    The last game Williams played in that counted was the NCAA championship, when North Carolina beat Williams' Illinois team for the national title. He made his first NBA shot -- a 3-pointer -- in the second quarter Wednesday and beat the third-period buzzer with a 61-foot shot that sparked Utah's comeback.

    Williams also had just one turnover.

    "He played OK. It was his first game and he knew what he was doing," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He played in control and sometimes he got a little confused, but we expect that. I thought he played pretty well."

    Mehmet Okur led the Jazz with 27 points and pulled down eight rebounds. He scored nine straight during one stretch of the fourth quarter, converting a three-point play and hitting two 3-pointers -- including one he just threw toward the basket to avoid a shot clock violation.

    "It was a lucky one. I'll be honest with you. I saw the shot clock and just threw the ball up," Okur said of his turnaround, fadeaway 3-pointer.

    Dallas was coming off a 111-108, double-overtime win at Phoenix on Tuesday night and wilted late in the fourth quarter.

    "They were more physical. They rebounded stronger and they had a presence about themselves and we didn't," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "I think we battled. I don't want to make any excuses and say we ran out of gas or anything like that. This is the NBA."

    Jason Terry led the Mavericks with 21 points, but scored just two after halftime. Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 and Josh Howard added 11 for Dallas, which grew frustrated toward the end.

    Nowitzki was called for a flagrant elbow about a minute after he thought he was fouled on a missed layup.

    "I just was boxing him out and he didn't like it, so he turned and showed me he didn't like it," said Utah's Matt Harpring, who went down to the court on the elbow by Nowitzki with 1:20 remaining.

    Harpring made one of the two free throws and the Jazz followed with a field goal to go up 90-80 with about one minute left.

    Andrei Kirilenko had 10 rebounds, six blocks and five assists for Utah.

    Keith McLeod started at point guard for Utah and finished with 10 points, but watched the rookie Williams lead the Jazz from the end of the third to the finish of Utah's first victory over Dallas since January 2004.

    Williams was 7-for-14 in his first game, including three 3-pointers. He saw the clock was about to expire at the end of the third quarter and put up a shot from about halfway between the Dallas 3-point line and midcourt and banked it in at the buzzer.

    "Everyone needs a little luck in their life," Williams said.

    With Dallas up 75-73 in the fourth quarter, Williams beat the shot clock on a 3-pointer with Keith Van Horn in his face to give the Jazz the lead. Williams went inside on Utah's next possession, driving the lane and getting an underhanded layup around Nowitzki to put Utah up 78-75.

    "He played under control. He hit some big shots, but we'll see him again," Terry said.

    Doug Christie got Dallas to 81-80 with 4:20 left, but Okur answered with an open 3-pointer, then his desperation 3 -- a shot that even he had to laugh at as he ran back toward the Jazz bench. Okur was turning around and backing up when he threw up the shot that went in and put Utah up 87-80.

    Game notes

    Greg Ostertag returned to Utah, where he spent his first nine NBA seasons, after a year in Sacramento and had five blocks for Utah. He also knocked out the shot clock for a few minutes with a two-handed dunk in the third quarter. ... Devin Harris put the Mavs up 25-19 on a layup in the final second of the first quarter as Dallas ended the period with a 14-0 run. ... The Jazz went without a field goal from 4:25 remaining in the first quarter until Harpring's jumper with 8:51 left in the second.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 93
    FGM-FGA 29-77 (.377) 32-74 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 7-10 (.700)
    FTM-FTA 21-31 (.677) 22-34 (.647)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-44 14-50
    Assists 10 15
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 9 15
    Fast Break Points 9 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/1) 26 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 11

    Top Performers

    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Mehmet Okur Okur
    Points: 27
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2