Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, December 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 23rd
Game 4: Saturday, March 26th

Jazz 99

(31-27, 14-14 away)

Mavericks 118

(41-16, 22-8 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:30 PM ET, February 23, 2011

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 26 29 22 2299
    DAL 23 36 29 30118

    Top Performers

    UTAH: A. Jefferson 30 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs crush Deron Williams-less Jazz

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- The Utah Jazz were already reeling from the news that leading scorer Deron Williams had been traded. Then they ran into the Dallas Mavericks.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points to lead seven double-figure scorers, and the Mavericks cruised to a 118-99 victory Wednesday night.

    Peja Stojakovic hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and Shawn Marion contributed 16 points for the Mavericks, who stretched their winning streak to four games. Dallas has won 14 of its past 15 overall and eight straight at home.

    "It's a good team even without Deron Williams," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "They had only one point guard so they had some makeshift lineups, but they can play. It was a win we needed to get."

    Al Jefferson scored 30 points, Paul Millsap had 18 and Andrei Kirilenko 17 for the Jazz, who will have to snap a five-game losing streak as they revamp their lineup.

    "Nobody else is going to feel sorry for us," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "These guys, and most teams in the league, if you show them any weakness, they'll bury you. We don't want to be embarrassed."

    The Mavs got off to a sloppy start with eight first-quarter turnovers as the Jazz carried a 26-23 lead into the second. Dallas had gone five days without a game, and the rust was evident.

    The Jazz might not have seemed like the trade was affecting them early on, but the Mavericks clamped down on defense and closed the second quarter with an 11-4 spurt over the final 3:12 for a 59-55 halftime advantage behind Nowitzki's 14 points.

    Jefferson's 19 first-half points kept the Jazz close before the Mavericks turned up the heat in the third quarter, breaking the game open with a 16-5 surge that included consecutive 3-pointers by Rodrigue Beaubois and Stojakovic for a 79-68 advantage. The Mavs were ahead after three quarters, 88-77, and went on to lead by as many as 21 in the final quarter.

    Dallas shot 58 percent from the floor and had 30 assists, 12 from Jason Kidd.

    "We were really making shots and sharing the ball," Nowitzki said. "We had [seven] guys in double figures again, and that's how we've been winning lately ... sharing the ball, passing the ball, making shots."

    Stojakovic continues to round into form in his seventh game since he signed a free-agent contract with Dallas on Jan. 24.

    "Peja's one of the top five or six shooters all-time," Carlisle said. "If we can get him looks, there's going to be a great chance he'll knock them down."

    Williams bid farewell to teammates and coaches before flying back to Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the team traded him to the New Jersey Nets. The Jazz got Devin Harris and Derrick Favors in the three-team deal, along with the Nets' first-round draft pick, cash and the Golden State Warriors' first-round draft pick in 2012.

    Earl Watson started at Williams' point guard spot, but it still was a jolt for a team that has been struggling ever since the resignation of longtime coach Jerry Sloan earlier this month.

    "I haven't gotten over Coach Sloan," Jefferson said. "So when they hit me with [the trade of Williams], it was like, wow, I was surprised. But it's a business."

    Millsaps said he was "shocked" to learn of the deal.

    "You never thought something like that would happen," he said.

    Game notes

    Harris will wear No. 5 and Favors has been assigned No. 15. They aren't expected to join their new team until Friday. ... Before the game, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he liked his team as currently constructed and expressed doubt that he would be making any trade-deadline deal, although he wouldn't totally rule out the idea. "We're always listening ... you've always got to listen," Cuban said. "We just weren't out there pitching." ... The Mavs have won 16 of the last 19 at home against the Jazz. ... With his 18th point in the third quarter, Nowitzki moved past Clyde Drexler (22,195 points) and into 23rd place on the NBA's career list. Nowitzki has 22,201 points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 118
    FGM-FGA 35-77 (.455) 44-76 (.579)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 10-20 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 25-31 (.806) 20-28 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-33 11-43
    Assists 18 30
    Turnovers 20 19
    Steals 14 7
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 16 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 25 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 7 21

    Top Performers

    Al Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 30
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 23
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0