Mavericks overcome deficit to slay Jazz
The Dallas Mavericks clawed their way back from a 22-point deficit to beat Joe Ingles' Utah Jazz in the NBA on Monday.
Ingles played 13 minutes for seven points, four rebounds and seven assists, as the Jazz blew a late double-digit lead for a second straight game.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led Dallas with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22 for a memorable 122-114 victory.
Boban Marjanovic added 20 points and nine rebounds and JJ Barea chipped in 18 for the Mavericks (43-30).
Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points to lead Utah. Rayjon Tucker added a career-high 17 points while Emmanuel Mudiay added 14 and Georges Niang chipped in 13 for the Jazz (43-28).
Both teams were missing key players. The Mavericks rested Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith. Donovan Mitchell sat out for the Jazz.
Curry drained two three-pointers in a 40-second span late in the contest to help Dallas seal the win.
Utah sizzled from the perimetre in the first quarter. The Jazz made a franchise-record nine first quarter three-pointers and shot 60 per cent from outside during that 12-minute stretch.
Dallas, on the other hand, did not attempt a three-pointer through the first 10 minutes and went 0-of-1 from outside in the quarter.
Hot outside shooting helped Utah grab a 29-23 lead behind an 18-6 run. Five of the six baskets came from the perimetre. Conley sparked the run with a three-pointer and put the Jazz ahead with another.
Once Dallas fell behind, the Mavericks could not close the gap enough to retake the lead before half-time. Marjanovic hit a pair of free throws to trim the Jazz lead to 55-52 before Utah finished strong.
Utah took a 70-54 half-time lead after scoring on eight of their final nine possessions of the second quarter. The Jazz ripped off a 15-2 run in that stretch, culminating in a four-point play by Clarkson.
Utah rested all five starters after half-time and still did not skip a beat in the third quarter. Miye Oni made back-to-back baskets to fuel a quick 8-0 spurt that boosted the Jazz lead to 78-56 less than two minutes into the quarter.
Dallas rallied and erased the deficit early in the fourth quarter. Maxi Kleber scored four baskets to fuel an 18-1 run that put the Mavericks up 103-101 before going on to win.
Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma's three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 124-121 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
LeBron James had 29 points and 12 assists for the Lakers (52-18), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Chris Boucher had a career-best 25 points to go with 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-106, as both teams rested key players.
In other matches, the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-101 while the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 114-92.
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