NBA: Utah continues to struggle under new coach losing 118-99

Posted Feb 25, 2011 by Kristofor Molson
In a matter of two weeks the Jazz have lost their head coach in Jerry Sloan and their All-Star guard Deron Williams. Now it looks like the Jazz are back in rebuilding mode as the Mavericks look like they are hitting their stride to catch the Spurs.
Dirk Nowitzki shooting free-throws.
Dirk Nowitzki shooting free-throws.
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The Dallas Mavericks (41-16) hosted the Utah Jazz (31-27) looking to fourth straight win and the Jazz are looking to get their first win in the “Post-Sloan Era”. Now without Deron Williams it looks like the Jazz have a tough hill to climb in staying in the final playoff race.
The game started it out as seesaw battle with both teams shooting very well and keeping it real close. The biggest lead of the quarter was six when the Jazz went up 24-18 with 1:27 left in the period. The Jazz took the lead going into the second quarter 26-23.
The second quarter began and the Jazz kept the lead for most of the period as Miles, Kirilenko, and Miles did enough to hold the Mavs off until the 5:48 mark when Chandler got a layup to give them a 45-44 lead. The Jazz pulled back in front 51-48 on a Jefferson layup, but the Mavs went on an 11-4 run in the last 3:12 to get the lead back 59-55 going into halftime.
Al Jefferson scored 30 points and had eight rebounds while Paul Millsap scored 18 points grabbing nine rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points and C.J. Miles came off the bench to chip n with 16 points.
The Jazz did not get any other help from their bench or starter as no one else scored more than ten points and they got outrebounded by ten 43-33. The Mavs also shot 58 percent from the floor and had 30 assists.
The Mavs had a great team effort with seven players scoring in double digits. Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and Peja Stojakovic scored 18 going 4-5 from behind the arc. Rodrique Beaubois scored ten points, and Jason Kidd had 12 assists with five points. Tyson Chandler scored just seven points, but had ten rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
The bench had a big game Shawn Marion scoring 16 points with 6 rebounds, and Jason Terry going for 13 points. Brendan Haywood had a big game with 12 points and adding 10 rebounds. Jose Juan Barea scored 13 points with and five assists.
The third quarter began and the Jazz looked like they ran out of steam as they had no answer for the Mavs who took over. The Jazz tied it up at 63 and after that the Mavs went on a 16-8 run to make the score 79-71 before the Jazz called a timeout at the 2:57 mark. A 9-6 run closed out the period by the Mavs gave them a nine point lead and they did not look back going into the final period.
The fourth quarter was dominated by the Mavs who clamped down on defense and kept the hot shooting going. The Mavs went on a 13-6 to hit 101 at the 8:18 mark, leaving the Jazz still in single double digits with 88.
The Mavs just pilled on the points with the bench and the Jazz continued to fight but to no avail. A 17-11 run closed out the game for the Mavs with the final score being 118-99.
Earl Watson the nine year vet out of UCLA started in place of traded Deron Williams. He scored just seven points and had five assists in 37 minutes of play. Devin Harris and Derrick Favors should be in the line-up when the Jazz take on the Indiana Pacers this Friday Feb. 25.