DALLAS -- Mike James scored a season-high 19 points and handed out five assists to pace the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-108 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs and Jazz are now in a tie for the ninth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, both with 34-36 records and both just a mere two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot. But the Jazz hold the tiebreaker over the Mavs because they won the season series, 2-1.
Utah has now lost nine road games in a row and haven't won a road game since it captured a 97-93 victory at Minnesota on Feb. 13. In fact, the Jazz haven't won two road games in a row all season, which is incredible for a team still in the playoff hunt.
The Jazz have lost four straight games and 12 of their last 15 games. That includes going 0-3 on this Texas three-step, which also includes a 100-93 loss this past Wednesday in Houston and a 104-97 overtime loss in San Antonio this past Friday.
The Mavs are now 2-1 on this six-game home stand which resumes Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, and still has games remaining on Thursday against Indiana and Saturday against Chicago.
Other than James, the Mavs got 17 points and six rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki, 15 points and six rebounds from Shawn Marion, 15 points from Vince Carter, 12 points from Darren Collison and 10 points apiece from OJ Mayo and Elton Brand.
Enes Kanter led the Jazz with 17 points, and Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson each popped in 15 points.
Dallas used a blistering 20-2 run to shake free from a 69-69 tie and bolt ahead, 89-71, with 9:55 left in the game
The Mavs held a 104-87 lead with 3:12 remaining in the game. But the Jazz employed a 21-7 rally to get within 111-108 on a Gordon Hayward three-point play with 7.3 seconds to go.
-- Dwain Price
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