Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) defends against Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points to help the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Friday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points, Mike Conley had 15, Rudy Gobert finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 13 points. Utah shot 40 of 74 (54%) from the field.
The Jazz did not crack under pressure and executed on both ends in the final minutes.
“When you narrow it down, we did what we were supposed to do,” Mitchell said.
Luka Doncic had 23 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for Dallas. Dwight Powell had a season-high 22 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and Davis Bertans 17.
The teams combined to make 33 3-pointers.
Bogdanovic put the Jazz up 110-107 with a corner 3 with 1:28 left. Doncic missed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the final minute. Gobert’s layup with 11.1 seconds remaining sealed it.
“They were good shots, they just didn’t go in,” Doncic said.
Utah held Dallas to a single basket over the final 3:12. The Jazz got stops over four possessions, forcing six missed baskets and a turnover. It all started with Gobert blocking a go-ahead layup attempt by Doncic with 1:44 left.
“Gobert is such a good defender,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “When he’s switching, he’s as good as anybody standing in front of guards.”
The Jazz went 20-of-35 (57%) from the field in the first half. An inability to get consistent stops on defense offset Utah’s hot shooting before halftime. Dallas countered by making 10 3-pointers in the first half and shot 25-of-45 (56%) from the field overall.
The Mavericks led by as many as nine points before the break.
“Well, we got a special player and so we had a lot of great looks and we shot it extremely well there in the first half,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “In the second half, we got those same shots that just didn’t go down for us.”
Utah rallied after making six 3-pointers in the third quarter and took an 88-84 lead after Danuel House, Jr. and Mitchell buried back-to-back 3s to punctuate a 13-3 run.
After Clarkson hit a 3-pointer to extend Utah’s advantage to 92-86 early in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks answered with a 10-0 run and took a 96-92 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Bertans and Dinwiddie.
Mavericks: Theo Pinson (right fifth finger fracture) was inactive. … Bertans beat the first-quarter buzzer with his second 3-pointer to break a 31-31 tie. … Dallas made baskets on each of its first seven possessions of the game.
Jazz: Jared Butler (right ankle sprain) and Rudy Gay (non-COVID-19 illness) were inactive. … Utah had nine turnovers in the second quarter, but only seven total in the second half.
Gobert guarded Doncic on switches with success. Doncic went 8-of-24 from the field and struggled to shoot over or move around the Jazz center down the stretch.
Critics have pointed to Gobert’s deficiencies guarding the perimeter as a factor in Utah’s early postseason exits in recent years. He hopes his performance on Friday night will quiet some of the criticism.
“The perception doesn’t match the numbers,” Gobert said. “There’s way more good plays than bad ones.”
“He was talking very bad and I just said, “Thank you for paying for watching me” and that’s it. It’s going to be my phrase every game when somebody talks to me.” – Doncic on what he said to a fan who trash-talked him during the game.
Mavericks: At Golden State on Sunday.
Jazz: At Phoenix on Sunday.