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NBA scores: Mavericks fall to Jazz, James Harden explodes in Rockets debut

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.

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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.

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