SALT LAKE CITY -- Dirk Nowitzki tallied 31 points and moved up the NBA all-time scoring ladder Wednesday night in helping the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-101 victory over the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena.
The Mavs are now 39-27 and remain in the No. 8 playoff spot out West, because Memphis (38-26) was able to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Now 1-1 on this road trip, the Mavs flew home after Wednesday's game and will conclude this stretch of three consecutive road games with a contest Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Nowitzki didn't waste much time passing John Havlicek and becoming the No. 12 all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Nowitzki needed just one point to pass the Boston Celtic legend, and he quickly opened the game with a jumper and got that historic marker out of the way.
But for the balance of the game, the two teams stayed neck-and-neck with each other.
A 3-point play by Derrick Favors got the Jazz within 93-92 of the Mavs with 4:50 left in the game. But a pair of free throws by Devin Harris and a 3-pointer from Monta Ellis increased the Mavs' lead to 98-93 with 3:35 to go.
Later on, a 3-pointer by Nowitzki gave the Mavs a 106-96 cushion with 1:54 remaining.
Besides Nowitzki, the Mavs got 16 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds from Ellis, 12 points from Harris, 11 points from Wayne Ellington and 10 points from Jose Calderon.
Trey Burke led Utah with 20 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
-- Dwain Price
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