DALLAS (ABC4 Sports) – After letting their 9-game win streak end against Atlanta, the Jazz rebounded nicely against another lower level NBA team.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and the Utah Jazz got back on the winning track by beating the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 on Thursday night for their 12th straight road victory.
Two nights after a loss to Atlanta ended a nine-game winning streak, Utah moved into a tie with Minnesota for seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race. The Jazz have won 22 of their last 25 games.
Mitchell is the only NBA rookie averaging 20 points.
All five Utah starters scored in double figures.
Joe Ingles had 18 points and 10 assists, equaling his career high. Ricky Rubio scored 22 points, Derrick Favors had 19 and Rudy Gobert added 11.
“I thought we competed and did some good things,” head coach Quin Snyder said. “I wish we would have finished the game with more precision and focus. I thought we did some things at the end of the game where we got lazy.”
“We didn’t finish this game the way we wanted to,” added Jae Crowder, who had 11 points and 4 rebounds. “We have to do better when we get the lead, playing the same way we did to get the lead and not relaxing a little bit. If we do get the lead tomorrow at San Antonio, we need to be more precise on the offensive end, get stops and hone in even more and not relax.”
J.J. Barea had a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks with 20 in the first half. Harrison Barnes added 21 points and Yogi Ferrell scored 20 in a reserve role.
A three-point play by Mitchell gave Utah a 37-34 lead after one quarter. The Jazz then scored the first six points in the second quarter and extended their margin to 52-37.
Dallas’ first field goal in the second quarter came with 7:15 left on a slam dunk by Dwight Powell. That started the Mavericks’ 11-0 run, with the last seven points by Barea, to pull to 52-48.
Utah pulled away for a 65-58 halftime lead and extended it to 96-81 after three quarters.
Utah (41-31) stays in the 8th spot in the Western Conference with 10 games remaining.
“They can’t worry about how’s in front of them or who’s behind them, only about the team they’re playing,” Snyder said. “We can’t think about how many games we’ve won, only about how many we can win going forward.”
The Jazz next play at San Antonio Friday night.