Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Game 2: Monday, January 5th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 28th
Game 4: Thursday, April 8th

Jazz 102


Mavericks 127


    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

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    UTAH 26 18 31 27102
    DAL 29 27 41 30127

    Top Performers

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Dal: T. Delk 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mavs score 41 in third quarter to beat Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Raja Bell wasn't allowed to shoot much last season as a Dallas Maverick. Watching him play with the Utah Jazz, they now know what they were missing.

    Bell, who averaged just 3.1 points with Dallas before coming to Utah as a free agent, tied a career-high with 25 points. Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Jazz beat the Mavericks 108-94 Monday night.

    "It was a little bit more special because it was my old team," Bell said.

    After running off 11 straight points for the Jazz, Bell tried to get the attention of Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who sat behind the Mavericks' bench.

    But Cuban didn't respond and put his head in his hands.

    "Yeah, he was out there tonight but he wasn't giving me any eye contact. I wanted to give him a little bit to tease him," Bell said.

    Utah played the game without coach Jerry Sloan and leading scorer Matt Harpring. Sloan missed the game to be with his wife, Bobbye, who has been ill, and Harpring sat out his third straight game while resting his strained right knee.

    "Sometimes the most dangerous animal is a wounded one. That was a case in point tonight," Bell said.

    Utah lost its two previous games without Harpring and managed just 63 points, the team's second-lowest point total ever, in its last game against Houston.

    "It was a great way to jump back after a couple of disappointing losses. Everybody simply hustled and worked hard," said longtime assistant coach Phil Johnson, who directed the Jazz.

    DeShawn Stevenson added 17 points and a career-best 11 rebounds for the Jazz. Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and Antoine Walker had 11 for Dallas, which has dropped six of seven on the road. The Mavericks were outrebounded 52-33.

    "We were terrible and they were terrific. We didn't have a player that I thought played worth a darn," Dallas coach Don Nelson said.

    Dallas led 61-60 in the third quarter before missing eight straight shots as the Jazz scored 12 consecutive points to take control. Kirilenko had four points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal during the run.

    "We had a bad third quarter. They were making a lot of shots and it seems like we couldn't get a stop," Tony Delk said.

    After Dallas' Michael Finley ended the drought with a 3-pointer, Bell scored 11 straight Jazz points to help Utah put the game away. Bell's third 3-pointer in a row lifted Utah to a 96-72 advantage with 7:18 remaining.

    "Raja had a great game and really hurt us. We miss him. He was a great addition to our team last year," Steve Nash said.

    "Bell was terrific," Nelson agreed. "He was a good guy for us. He guarded every night, did all the dirty work. I'm really happy for him."

    On a night when the Mavericks were looking for someone to stem the Jazz tide, Nowitzki said, "We would have liked to have him tonight. Obviously he's comfortable with his surroundings here and you can see what he is capable of."

    Game notes

    Dallas' Steve Nash had eight points and three assists, snapping his string of double-doubles at five games. ... Utah forward Trevor Ruffin was activated from the injured list after missing the first 33 games because of an abdominal strain. He was not in uniform. Ben Handlogten, who injured a knee Dec. 26 against Toronto, was placed on the injured list. ... Dallas guard Josh Howard missed the game with a strained left hamstring.

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