Rapid Reaction: Mavs 116, Jazz 101
The same could arguably be said for Rodrigue Beaubois.
And they had plenty of help despite three Dallas starters out after Jason Kidd left a couple of minutes into the game with a right calf strain.
Beaubois had a masterful performance filling in for Kidd at point guard, consistently killing the Jazz on pick-and-rolls with his quickness and encouragingly savvy decision-making. He had season highs of 22 points (9-15 FG), seven assists and six rebounds with only one turnover in 35 minutes.
Odom, who called his 2-of-14 shooting nightmare in Wednesday’s loss an “exclamation” for his season-long struggles, responded with a season-high 19 points. He was 7-of-12 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an 11-4 run in the fourth quarter that gave the Mavs a comfortable lead for good.
Jason Terry snapped out of a slump with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Shawn Marion continued his terrific stretch with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Vince Carter contributed 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in his return after a five-game layoff due to a sprained right foot. And Brendan Haywood had a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds).
What it means: The Mavs can consider Dirk Nowitzki’s planned personal training camp a success. They’re pleased with his progress -- he plans to play Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs -- and won three of four games without him.
Play of the game: The French Connection hooked up for a pretty highlight at a critical juncture of the game. The Jazz had pulled within four points with 10 minutes remaining when Beaubois drove down the lane and dished to Ian Mahinmi for a dunk. Beaubois turned the corner on a pick-and-roll at the top of the arc and drove down the right side of the lane with Earl Watson on his hip. When Enes Kanter stepped up to help, Mahinmi slashed down the baseline, catching a perfectly timed bounce pass and going up strong for the one-hand slam.
Stat of the night: The Mavs had six players score in double figures for the second time this season, both wins. The Mavs were 16-1 last season when at least six players scored in double figures.
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