Mavericks Cruise Past Jazz

The Dallas Mavericks return from the All-Star break to take on the Utah Jazz - who will be without Deron Williams, who was traded to New Jersey by Utah.

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Mavs Return From All-Star Break With 118-99 Win Over Jazz

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds, as the red-hot Dallas Mavericks handled the Utah Jazz, 118-99.

Peja Stojakovic made four three-pointers en route to 18 points for the Mavericks, who have won four in a row and 14 of 15 overall. Shawn Marion chipped in 16 points and six boards.

“This is a very unselfish team and not only that, you are playing with guys who really know how to play basketball,” Stojakovic said. “Sometimes you don’t even have to call a play on the offensive end, you just put the ball in Jason’s hands and with ball movement and player movement you get all the good shots.”

Al Jefferson finished with 30 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who have lost five straight and are suddenly without point guard Deron Williams. Earlier Wednesday, the Jazz traded Williams to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for rookie forward Derrick Favors, guard Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks.

Williams, who was in his sixth season with the Jazz, averaged a team-high 21.3 points and 9.7 assists in 53 games for Utah this season.

Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko donated 18 and 17 points, respectively, for Utah.

“That’s Deron Williams. You’re going to miss a lot,” Millsap said. “That’s 20 points, 10 assists that you are going to miss. But we’ve got guys that are coming in that will help us out in that area. We’re just trying to get back on the right path right now.”

The Jazz led by as many as six in the first quarter and held a 26-23 edge after 12 minutes.

Dallas outscored Utah, 36-29, in the second period to take a 59-55 margin into the locker room.

Holding a 71-67 lead midway through the third, the Mavericks got back-to-back three-pointers from Rodrigue Beaubois and Stojakovic to build a 10-point cushion.

Dallas pushed its margin to 13 and led 88-77 heading to the fourth.

The Mavericks started the fourth on a 9-2 flurry to put the game away. Jose Barea’s layup made it a 97-79 contest with under 10 minutes to play.

Game Notes

Dallas leads the season series with Utah, 3-0…Kirilenko returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with an ankle injury…The Jazz were without guard Ronnie Price (toe)…Utah has dropped all four of its games under new head coach Ty Corbin…Jason Terry and Barea each had 13 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who shot 57.9 percent from the field…Earl Watson started at Williams’ point guard spot and tallied seven points and five assists.

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Utah Vs. Dallas: Mavericks Host Deron Williams-Less Jazz

(Sports Network) - Earlier this month a falling out between Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan played a big part in the Hall of Fame coach's decision to walk away.

Now, the All-Star point guard is on his way out of Salt Lake City as the reeling Jazz search for their first win in the post Sloan-era against the red- hot Dallas Mavericks in north Texas tonight.

Earlier Wednesday the Jazz reportedly agreed to send Williams to the New Jersey Nets in a three-way deal in exchange for rookie forward Derrick Favors, along with point guard Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks. The Nets will also receive forwards Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric from the Golden State Warriors in the deal and send forward Troy Murphy to Oakland, while forwarding $3 million in cash to the Jazz.

Utah has hit the skids, dropping all three games under new head coach Ty Corbin. The Jazz have also uncharacteristically lost five in a row at home, their longest slide since the 1981-1982 season, after a 107-100 setback to Golden State last Wednesday.

Three Utah players eclipsed the 20-point plateau in that one: Al Jefferson (23), Paul Millsap (22) and C.J. Miles (20). Jefferson also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Williams, in what turned out to be his last game with the club, ended with 18 points, 11 assists and seven boards in defeat.

Raja Bell (calf), Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and Ronnie Price (toe) all missed that game for Utah and Kirilenko has already been ruled out for tonight's contest. Bell and Price, however, will be game-time decisions for Utah, which has lost 13 of 17 overall and fallen to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

The red-hot Mavs, meanwhile, have won 13 of 14 games since Jan. 22, the best record in the NBA over that period and entered the All-Star break after a 112-106 win in Phoenix last Thursday. Dirk Nowitzki paced the Mavericks in that one with 35 points.

Jason Terry and Shawn Marion added 16 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench, while Tyson Chandler posted 12 points and as many rebounds for Dallas, which reached the 40-win mark at the break and is only the fourth team to achieve that feat entering All-Star weekend (San Antonio, Miami and Boston).

"We had to grind it out and they made a heckuva run there in the second half and kept making plays," Nowitzki said.

Peja Stojakovic added 10 points and Jason Kidd dished out 12 assists.

Dallas has won both meetings with Utah this season and has also taken 15 of 18 over the Jazz in Big D.

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