SALT LAKE CITY -- The Dallas Mavericks apparently hit that proverbial wall against the Utah Jazz late in the third period Wednesday night at Energy Solutions Arena.
The game was tied 74-74 with 4:24 remaining in the third period before the Jazz erupted on an amazing 18-2 run to end the quarter which helped propel them to a 113-94 victory in their regular season opener.
For the Mavs, the loss came one night after they opened the season with an impressive 99-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Apparently, some of the Mavs were sitll a bit weary, and it showed on the back end of this back-to-back.
Darren Collison led the Mavs with 17 points and seven assists, Brandan Wright had 15 points, OJ Mayo tallied 12, and Vince Carter scored 10 points.
Mo Williams, who tallied eight straight points to ignite that third-quarter Jazz rally, led Utah with 21 points. Also for Utah, Marvin Williams scored 21 points, Paul Millsap collected 13 points and 15 rebounds, Randy Foye tallied 13 points, Al Jefferson finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 11 points.
The Mavs (1-1) flew home after Wednesday's game and will have their home opener Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
-- Dwain Price
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