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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Doncic, Mav’s Top Jazz 114-100 for home court indoor tracks

DALLAS ( Associated Press) — Luka Doncic scored 32 points as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 114-100 on Sunday night for a home-court advantage in a first-round playoff matchup.

The Mavericks (46–29) went one game ahead of the Jazz (45–30) to finish fourth in the Western Conference and earned a split of the season series, with the home team winning all four games.

Dallas would have to finish a game ahead of Utah if the Jazz maintained a 1 1/2-game Northwest Division lead over Denver. The Mavericks and Jazz have seven games left.

Rudy Gay scored 18 points for the Jazz, their fourth consecutive loss on a season-long, six-game journey that ends Tuesday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Defensive veteran Rudy Gobert was a late scratcher for Utah with a 7-foot-1 center right foot injury, with another 7-footer, Hasan Whiteside, sitting for the second game in a row with a right foot sprain.

Bojan Bogdanovic was out for the ninth time in 10 games as he struggled with a right calf strain, and Utah suffered a scare in the third quarter when Donovan Mitchell briefly left the game after landing on Dwight Powell’s lower right foot. .

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Mitchell stopped in front of the Utah bench as play continued at the other end and when he finally got up, he was caught on the bench. But Mitchell missed by less than a minute and a half, shooting 4-13 for 13 to finish with 12 points.

Doncic beat the halftime buzzer with a long 3-pointer to get the Mavericks within a point and set up a bounce in the second half as Dallas won for the 18th time in 22 home games.

Reggie Bullock tied on season-high seven 3-pointers, ending with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting beyond the arc. He had 3s in a row in the middle of the fourth quarter, giving Dallas the biggest lead at 17 at that point.

Jalen Brunsson had 22 points, matching Doncic with 10 rebounds and five assists.

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Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson scored 14-14 points for Utah.

Tip-ins

Jazz: Coach Quinn Snyder said Whiteside is playing through pain and experienced a loss in Brooklyn last Monday. Whiteside played the next game in Boston. Of Whiteside’s outlook, Snyder said, “It’s hard to predict how long or how soon.”

Mavericks: F Davies Burtons scored six points after missing three games with a pain in his right knee. … G. Sterling Brown dropped out again after entering COVID-19 protocol during a trip to Minnesota, where Dallas lost on Friday.

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Jazz: After finishing a road trip at the Clippers on Tuesday, Utah returns home against the Lakers on Thursday. The Jazz is 2-0 against the Clippers and 0-2 against the Lakers.

Mavericks: The Lakers tour on Tuesday before the Dallas starts its final road trip of the regular season (four games) in Cleveland on Wednesday, a second night of back-to-backs.

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