Game Recap: Mavs 93 – Jazz 81

Game Details

10:30 PM ET, December 3, 2010
Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 Final
DAL 23 16 27 27 93
UTA 20 23 19 19 81

Top Performers
Dallas: D. Nowitzki 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk
Utah: P. Milsap 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk Box Score


Heading into the night, the Jazz and Mavs each held a 7 game winning streak. In a match up between two high confidence teams, Dallas was cool under the pressure of the Energy Solutions Arena. Dallas had already put a stop to four meaningful winning streaks (Boston with 5, New Orleans with 8, Oklahoma City with 5 and San Antonio with 12), and looked like a team well deserving of its position near the top of the league.

It’s important to remember that it was an off night for Deron Williams, who shot 4 of 13 on the night, and for the Jazz overall, who managed to shoot only 38.2% from the field and 20 of 30 from the free throw line. But even if both those numbers looked better, it still would have been a tough game. The Mavs outscored the Jazz 22-11 in transition points, and shot the ball well throughout, ending up at 52.6% from the field off of 40-76 from the field as a team.

The Mavericks currently (Dec. 7th) are tied with the Celtics for the second best record in the league at 16-4 and are battling with the Spurs for the top spot in the West.

Game Quotes

Jerry Sloan

“We had some trouble. When they started zoning us, we lost our position on the floor a few times and looked confused. We knew they would probably try and zone us, but we didn’t have as good a spacing as we should have. … Those things happen.”

Deron Williams

“We ran into a good team, playing as good as us — better tonight. … We had some good looks at the basket but missed some easy ones. Their zone stifled us a little bit. Then they went back to a man and we never got back to executing. If I could point to a couple of things, it would be they had 19 points off turnovers and then the free-throw shooting. If you shoot under 70 percent, it’s hard to win a game.”

“We’re still one of the best teams. But we still have some ups and downs. This is one of those nights. Things just didn’t go our way. The Mavericks played better than us. Simple as that.”

Andrei Kirilenko

“I think we [had] a little lack of energy. … In the first half, we were running. We were active. We were pressing them. In the second half, it was just a different team.”

Quotes from The Salt Lake Tribune

~ by djepperson on December 7, 2010.

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