Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
After an impressive win over the Lakers on opening night, the Mavericks dropped the second leg of their back-to-back in Utah on Wednesday.
In their season opener, the Utah Jazz used a lopsided third quarter to down the Dallas Mavericks 113-94 during the NBA's first full slate of games on Wednesday night.
Utah stormed out of halftime, wiping out an eight-point deficit and drubbing the Mavericks, 37-13, in the third. With 21 points apiece, Mo Williams and Marvin Williams -- who came over from the Atlanta Hawks -- paced a balanced Jazz attack that featured six players, including all starters, in double-figures.
The Mavericks shot 37.6 percent overall from the floor, as Darren Collison led the team with 17 points (on 6-of-12 shooting from the field) for the second straight night.
Elsewhere, James Harden's career with the Rockets launched in a 105-96 Houston win over the Detroit Pistons. Harden went for 37 points (on 14-of-25 shooting), 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals in the comeback win.
In other action:
- The Indiana Pacers edged the Toronto Raptors late, 90-88, thanks to a shot from George Hill in the final seconds.
- Andre Iguodala's first trip back to Philadelphia as a member of the Denver Nuggets ended in defeat, as the 76ers got the 84-75 win.
- Joakim Noah scored a game-high 23 points as the Chicago Bulls downed the Sacramento Kings, 93-87, at home.
- Tim Duncan's 24-point, 11-rebound double-double helped the San Antonio Spurs best Anthony Davis (21 points, 6-12 shooting, seven rebounds) and the New Orleans Hornets, 99-95.
- The Golden State Warriors held on to score an 87-85 road win over the Phoenix Suns.
- In a rematch of their first round playoff series last season, the Los Angeles Clippers handled the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-92, behind 29 points from new addition Jamal Crawford.
- The Portland Trail Blazers dropped the Los Angeles Lakers to 0-2 with a 116-106 victory. Rookie point guard Damian Lillard posted 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting with 11 assists.