In a back-and-forth game, the Dallas Mavericks used a late spurt -- outscoring Utah 7-1 over a two-minute stretch with time winding down -- to put away the Utah Jazz, 95-91. The Jazz tied the game on a Gordon Hayward lay-in with just under three minutes to go, but struggled down the stretch as the Mavericks did just enough to pull away.
Utah had its chances, though, especially during a wild sequence in the final moments. After C.J. Miles hit a desperation three with just over a second to go, Hayward deflected the inbound pass, nearly coming up with the steal. But instead of handling it cleanly and perhaps kicking it out in the process, the ball squirted free and the Jazz were unable to get up one last shot.
Shawn Marion tied for the game-high, scoring 22 points in the win. Rodrique Beaubois added 17 points in 18 minutes off the bench for the Mavs, with Lamar Odom (11 points) and Jason Terry (10) also scoring in double-figures in a relief effort. Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, as well.
Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 22 points and nine rebounds. C.J. Miles scored 17 off the bench, and Paul Milsap grabbed a game-high 13 boards.