Regular Season Series (Game 3 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 90

(49-13, 21-8 away)

Jazz 87

(30-32, 16-16 home)

Coverage: FSRM

7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2006

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 29 22 17 2290
UTAH 19 21 23 2487

Top Performers

Dal: D. Nowitzki 34 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

UTAH: M. Okur 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Blk

Nowitzki scores 34 as Mavericks beat Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points, including 12 in a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter after Utah tied the game, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Jazz 90-87 Saturday night.

Carlos Boozer capped a 10-2 run and tied the game at 71 before Nowitzki took control. With the Jazz trying a variety of defenses to stop him, Nowitzki made three jump shots early in the game-deciding 16-4 run, then drained two straight 3-pointers before the Mavericks held on.

Nowitzki had struggled this season against the Jazz, averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two previous meetings. But he made 14 of 25 shots Saturday, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and had nine rebounds.

Nowitzki's last 3-pointer gave the Mavericks an 87-75 advantage, but Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur sparked a furious rally that cut the lead to 88-84 in the final moments.

Okur scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Kirilenko had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who were trying for their first three-game winning streak in two months.

Jerry Stackhouse had 16 points and Jason Terry scored 14 for the Mavericks, who have the best record in the Western Conference and lead San Antonio by one game in the Southwest Division.

Dallas is in the midst of playing 10 of its final 13 games this month on the road. The Mavs opened a three-game trip with a 109-92 win over Portland on Thursday.

The Mavericks never trailed and led by as many as 15 in the first half behind the shooting of Nowitzki and Stackhouse.

Okur scored 10 points in the third quarter, including two long 3-pointers, in a 16-4 Jazz run that brought Utah within 58-56.

Nowitzki led the Mavs back in front and his jump shot over the Jazz zone late in the third quarter put Dallas up 68-61.

Game notes

Mavericks starting guard Devin Harris aggravated his left quadriceps injury in the first quarter after scoring four points, then Adrian Griffin strained his right hamstring in the third quarter and had to leave the game. Dallas forward Josh Howard sat due to a strained left hamstring and Utah center Greg Ostertag missed the game with a sprained left ankle. ... Dallas is 17-1 when Nowitzki scores more than 30 points.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 90 87
FGM-FGA 34-71 (.479) 32-71 (.451)
3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 3-8 (.375)
FTM-FTA 16-25 (.640) 20-29 (.690)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-37 10-39
Assists 17 15
Turnovers 12 13
Steals 8 4
Blocks 7 9
Fast Break Points 2 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 15 1

Top Performers

Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 34
Reb: 9
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Mehmet Okur Okur
Points: 32
Reb: 11
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 2