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Mavericks Vs. Jazz: Dallas Topple Utah, 116-101

Even with the Dallas Mavericks were missing starters Dirk Nowitzki, Delonte West and then Jason Kidd less than three minutes into the game the Mavericks were still able to defeat the Utah Jazz 116 - 101 Friday night.

Guard Rodrigue Beaubois lead six Mavericks who scored in double figures and scored a season-high 22 points. Beaubois was making his first start of the season in place of the injured West. Lamar Odom who has been starting in place of Nowitzki scored 19 points which is a season high.

The Mavericks had the game in control and led 77-63 late in the third quarter, but the Jazz went on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to five points with under two minutes leftin the third. Paul Milsap led the Jazz charge by scoring nine of his 20 points during that stretch.

The Mavericks regained their composure and went on their own scoring burst with a 17-7 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away for good.

For more on this game Dallas fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Utah fans should head on over to SLC Dunk. For more news and analysis on the NBA be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.