Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points, passing Oscar Robertson for 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, 95-83, for their fourth straight win Tuesday night.
The Mavericks got off to an incredible start in this one, going 16-for-17 from the floor in the first quarter and making 17 of their first 18 shots overall. Nowitzki led the charge with 11 first-period points and would finish shooting 9-of-11 for the game, knocking down a couple of triples and grabbing six rebounds.
Dallas led by as much as 20 in the third quarter, but the pesky Jazz hung around and trimmed the lead to nine with just under two minutes to go in the fourth. However, the Mavs were able to hang on and secure another huge win in a contest that they absolutely could not have afforded to lose.
The Mavericks maintained their hold on the Western Conference's No. 7 seed with the victory. Six Dallas players scored in double figures, with Monta Ellis scoring 16 and Vince Carter adding 13 off the bench.
Derrick Favors led Utah with 19 points, but what allowed the Jazz to stay in the game was their work on the offensive glass.
Utah pulled down 23 offensive rebounds, 10 of them registered by Enes Kanter, who hauled in a season-high 19 boards in total.
Still, the Mavs' hot shooting was just too much for the Jazz to overcome. Dallas ended up connecting on 55.6 percent of its shots and going 9-of-23 from three-point range.
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