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Luka Doncic-led Mavericks hand Jazz fourth straight setback

Mar 27, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) brings the ball up court past Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jalen Brunson added another double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks took over fourth place in the Western Conference and handed the visiting Utah Jazz their fourth consecutive loss, 114-100 on Sunday.

After trailing for almost the entire first half and by as many as 11 points, Dallas (46-29) came alive in the third quarter. Dorian Finney-Smith knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Brunson added one of his own, part of a 14-4 Mavericks run in the first 3:33 coming out of intermission.

Dallas outscored Utah in the third quarter, 32-20, then erupted for a 17-9 run over the first 5:55 of the fourth quarter to effectively put the game away.

The Mavericks held Donovan Mitchell, averaging 26.1 points per game coming into Sunday’s matchup, to 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting. He was a non-factor in the second half at 1-of-3 shooting from the floor.

Mitchell also shot just 1-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc, part of a 12-of-34 performance from long range for the Jazz (45-30). Dallas shot 17-of-34 from deep, paced by Reggie Bullock’s career-high-tying seven made on 11 attempts.

Bullock finished with 23 points. Spencer Dinwiddie added 12 points off the bench.

While three Mavericks scored at least 22 points, no one from Utah finished with more than 18. Rudy Gay led the Jazz with 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, second on the team to Juancho Hernangomez’s nine.

Jordan Clarkson shot 3-of-5 from 3-point range for 14 points off the bench, Trent Forrest chipped in another 10 points from the bench, and Mike Conley led the Utah starters with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Conley also dished a game-high seven assists.

Sunday’s win pushed Dallas ahead of Utah for fourth place in the West with seven games remaining on its schedule.

–Field Level Media