Short-handed Mavericks use huge rally to beat Jazz

Dallas Mavericks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) drives as Utah Jazz's Miye Oni (81) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game. (Ashley Landis, Pool, AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The short-handed Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Utah Jazz 122-114 on Monday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. Boban Majanovic had 20 points and nine rebounds. It was the biggest comeback for the Mavericks since February 2016 and the win means Dallas still has a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Dallas won despite playing without stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, who were both resting because of nagging injuries.

The Mavericks trailed 78-56 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter after Utah’s Emmanuel Mudiay made a 3-pointer. They slowly rallied throughout the third quarter and then scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to take a 101-100 lead with about eight minutes left.

Dallas outscored Utah 34-14 in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks shot 12 of 24 (50 per cent) from 3-point range.

Utah was led by Jordan Clarkson, who scored 18 points. Rayjon Tucker scored 17 points off the bench.

STARLESS GAME

Doncic is dealing with a right ankle injury while Porzingis has an injured left knee. Dorian Finney-Smith also missed the game to rest a left hip strain. All three played in a win against Milwaukee on Saturday.

“Three overtime games in five games, minutes really have stacked up for really those two guys and Dorian,” Carlisle said.

Utah’s star guard Donovan Mitchell also didn’t play because of a leg injury. Carlisle said the Jazz were likely in a similar situation to the Mavericks.

“They went to double overtime two days ago with Denver,” Carlisle said. “And this is our first cluster of back-to-back games so managing that is also a part of it. That’s really the reasoning. Other than that, (Porzingis) and Luka are healthy.”

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie guard Josh Reaves scored his first career points in the third quarter. He finished with four points. Reaves played in college at Penn State.

Jazz: Utah shot 13 of 24 (54%) from 3-point range in the first half.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Play the Blazers on Tuesday.

Jazz: Play the Spurs on Thursday.

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