SALT LAKE CITY -- On a night which saw Dirk Nowitzki move into 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, the Dallas Mavericks completed a sweep of his road trip with a 95-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Energy Solutions Arena.
The Mavs went 4-0 on this road trip and also swept the Jazz 4-0. In addition, this was the first time the Mavs swept a road trip consisting of four or more games since they went 6-0 on a road trip from Mar. 18-27, 2007.
The Mavs (48-31) also reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to two games. Any combination of wins by Dallas and losses by Memphis which equal two games will put the Mavs in the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-'12 season.
Dallas was on fire to start the game as it hit 16 of the 17 shots it took in the first period for 94.1 percent. That’s the highest field goal percentage in one quarter in the NBA since the Indiana Pacers made 20-of-21 shots for 95.2 percent against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 9, 2010.
It also was the highest shooting percentage in one quarter ever by the Mavs, topping the 90 percent they converted in the third quarter of a Jan. 16, 1991 contest when they nailed 18-of-20 baskets against the San Antonio Spurs.
Nowitzki needed 18 points to pass Robertson, and he finished the game with a team-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Monta Ellis added 16 points and Vince Carter scored 13.
Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 19 points.
-- Dwain Price
Follow me on Twitter