Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Jazz 113, Mavericks 94
By John Coon / Special to ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks appeared to have retained some of its magic from the win over the Los Angeles Lakers early after making five straight shots to open the game. The Mavs eventually cooled off after shooting 10-of-16 from 3-point range in the first half, only to see the Utah Jazz heat up and run away with it late in the third quarter.
Jazz newcomers Mo Williams and Marvin Williams did the bulk of the damage in helping their team rally from an eight-point halftime deficit. Mo and Marvin each finished with 21 points, combining to shoot 48.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from 3-point range.
It was too much for the Mavs to handle when their own offense went to sleep. Utah outscored Dallas 37-13 in the third quarter after the Mavericks converted just 5-of-22 FG attempts.
Darren Collison and Brandan Wright provided the only bright spots by building on strong opening-night performances against Los Angeles. Collison scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and dished out seven assists. Wright added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
What it means: Life without Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman is going to provide rocky moments. The Mavs just simply don't have enough frontcourt strength to adequately compete with dominant low-post teams when those two aren't healthy. Utah proved it by controlling the glass for four quarters. The Jazz outrebounded the Mavs 57-35. Paul Millsap (15 rebounds), Al Jefferson (14) and Derrick Favors (10) all reached double figures on the glass. Only Shawn Marion proved able to match that effort for the Mavs with 11 boards.
Play of the game: Mo Williams showed late in the third quarter why the Jazz wanted so badly to bring their former draft pick back into the fold. Williams buried a 3-pointer to break a 74-74 tie. Then, after Gordon Hayward stripped the ball on the other end, Williams drilled another one to ignite a decisive 18-2 quarter-ending run that put Utah ahead for good.
Stat of the night: Dallas won eight straight Halloween night games before Utah brought an abrupt end to the streak Wednesday night.