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4 things as the Dallas Mavericks rally to defeat the Utah Jazz, 122-114

Back to .500 in the bubble

Dallas Mavericks v Utah Jazz Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

The short-handed Dallas Mavericks came back from double digits in the fourth quarter to defeat the Utah Jazz, 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. found his touch to lead Dallas with 27 points. Jordan Clarkson was the high scorer in defeat for Utah with 18 points.

With Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith getting rest days, the Dallas starting line up was one of the stranger ones seen this season. The Jazz opted to sit Donovan Mitchell in response, so one may have expected a weaker offensive performance from Utah in response. That would turn out to be an incorrect assumption. Utah shot 9 of 15 from beyond the arc while the Mavericks took just one three (and didn’t make it). Dallas attempted to keep pace but fell behind 38-20 after one.

Dallas chipped away at the Utah lead, cutting it to three by the five minute mark of the third. The Jazz responded with a Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles led flurry in what amounted to a 19-6 run to close the quarter as the Maverick offense went frigid. The Jazz led 70-54 at the half.

Third quarter woes reared up once again as the Jazz sat all their remaining starters and the Mavericks looked sound asleep. Utah’s bench built a 21 point lead in under three minutes. Off ball movement by Josh Reaves played a large role in the Mavericks chipping the lead back to 10 points, but horrendous Dallas defense gave most of the points right back to Utah. A late Tim Hardaway three cut the lead down to 12 and Utah led 100-88 after three frames.

The Jazz kept firing from three to start the fourth but for the first time all game, they didn’t fall. Utah went so cold they scored just one point in the first five minutes of the quarter. This allowed the Mavericks to roar all the way back and take the lead through a variety of players scoring. Multiple late game threes from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Seth Curry allowed the Mavericks to close the door on the Jazz, who went ice cold in the final frame. Dallas improves to 3-3 in the bubble, defeating the Jazz 122-114.

Now, some stuff...

Finding the bottom of the net

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Seth Curry finding their rhythm this game feels wildly important. Despite a hot shooting game against Houston, Hardaway was just 12 of 41 from beyond the arc, whereas Seth Curry was just three of 12. That both went a combined 7 of 12 versus Utah was key for the victory and hopefully a semblance of things to come in future games.

The three point attempt disparity

Perhaps it’s simply been a while, but I don’t recall the Jazz shooting that many threes. They nearly doubled up the Mavericks, hosting 46 to 24 for Dallas.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, plus/minus warlock

Kidd-Gilchrist was part of the late third quarter and fourth quarter units which made a run to chip into and eventually take the lead. His +21 led the team!

But before crowing too loudly, it’s important to give this some context. The Jazz rested all their starters and essentially had no one else to play. Their shots stopped falling and they stopped working. Dallas and MKG deserve credit, they played a part here. But let’s not get carried away here. Half the guys on the court for Utah were players who do not get anything close to rotation minutes.

Should MKG get a shot here and there for the Mavericks moving forward? Yes. But there’s a reason he hasn’t played much. ]

Hope’s still alive for the Mavericks moving up

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