Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz Battle Through 3-Overtime NBA Thriller

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 17, 2012

Al Jefferson.
Al Jefferson.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz just finished a thrilling game that could very well one day appear as a “classic” on some channel.

In a game between two Western Conference rivals looking to determine their playoff positioning, the timing of this game could not have been any better.

Additionally, the Mavericks and Jazz have their own rivalry brewing which makes this three-overtime game thriller different than any of the others that occur every now and then around the league.

Given the scheduling this season, both teams have been dealing with the “heavy” legs feeling for some time know, so playing through such a game can occasionally happen.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 28 points and 26 rebounds but got help from Devin Harris (hit a big three-point shot ) and DeMarre Carroll (pulled down a key offensive rebound) to finally put away the Mavericks.

The Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 40 points and pulled down nine rebounds, along with 27 points from Jason Terry, who made key baskets down the stretch in the overtime periods to keep the game close. However, the Mavericks appeared to run out of gas towards the end of the third overtime period.

At the end of the day the Jazz were able to hold on for a 123 to 121 victory that went into three overtimes. No lead ever seemed to be too much to overcome as the game went into the three extra sessions.

With the loss, the Mavericks fall into seventh place, meaning that if the playoffs started today they would most likely be facing the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

The Jazz are alive in the playoff race, as they remain a 1/2 game behind the Houston Rockets, who are currently in 9th place after losing to the Denver Nuggets yesterday night.

The Mavericks can get some rest, as they will face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in Dallas, while the Jazz will travel to the Rose Garden to face the Portland Trail Blazers.

At the end of the day, this three-overtime thriller came at the right time, as some attention was finally given to the Western Conference playoff race.