Gordon Hawyard was 7-19 before his final hoist of the night, but his last one was true put Utah ahead as the final buzzer sounded.
The Dallas Mavericks held a 15 point lead early in the second quarter but after the Jazz fought back(and even took a lead of their own late in the game), the visiting squad had a prayer answered in the form of a Rodney Hood game-tying three-pointer that sent us to overtime, then averted a second overtime with the Hayward jumper as time expired.
MAVS HAD THREE-BALL WORKING EARLY, BUT COULDN'T SUSTAIN
The Mavs made six of their first seven three-pointers to start the game, helping them leap out to an early double-digit advantage. Predictably, they couldn't maintain that lead, and went cold in the 4th quarter, missing 10 threes in a row at one point. This has sort of been the story of the season for Dallas, who on paper have one of the best shooting lineups in basketball yet have struggled mightily at times trying to convert open looks. In the end, the story for the Mavs offense wasn't the three-ball, but instead the free-throw, as Dallas made 36-41 from the charity stripe(a season high, breaking the previous high of 38 that also came in a loss, against Atlanta).
DALLAS CAN'T GET STOPS WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
Despite what was overall a strong offensive showing, this one will go in the "L" column because Dallas simply couldn't get key stops. Up 106-103, Dallas allowed a pair of totally uncontested Gordon Hayward layups, opting to play the free-throw game at the other end. This was especially costly because -- although Dallas made all six of their attempts -- Utah was still within three points on the last possession, when Rodney Hood hit a tough corner longball. Then, in overtime, Utah scored in each of their first five trips down the floor, completely undermining the Chandler Parsons show(he had six in OT, though he missed his last look that would have put Dallas up three in the final minute). With the game tied and everyone hoping we'd get to see double-OT, Gordon Hayward had different ideas, nailing a stepback dagger in front of Zaza Pachulia.
REST-TIME FOR WEARY MAVS
This loss stings, and it's unfortunate that we have to wait 10 days to wash the taste out, but at least the Mavs can finally get some days off. Dallas had a brutal stretch in January, and will benefit from some (theoretically) easy scheduled games coming out of the All-Star Break. Hopefully they can get primed for late-season push into the playoffs.
So, that sucked. What's your take? Sound off, Mavs fans!